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Ballybofey crash victim named locally as John O’Donnell (53)

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THE man killed in last night’s crash outside Ballybofey has been name locally as John O’Donnell (53) from nearby Curraghamone.

It is believed Mr O’Donnell died instantly following a collision between his red VW Caddy van and a 4×4 jeep at around 7:50 pm at Creggan, on a back road between Ballybofey and Welchtown.

The scene of the incident was not far from his family home.

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Three other people were taken to Letterkenny General Hospital (LGH) by ambulance, including the driver of the jeep.

However, their injuries have been described as “not serious.”

Mr O’Donnell’s body was removed to LGH where a post-mortem examination will be carried out.

Forensic collision investigators were at the scene this morning and the road re-opened at around 11 am.

Married to a local woman, Mr O’Donnell was originally from the Aghyaran area, just over the border in County Tyrone.

He ran a small construction business and was a very popular member of the local community.

He is survived by his wife as well as two sons and two daughters.

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Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced, however, he is not expected to be laid to rest until the weekend as his son and daughter have to travel home from Australia.

Anyone with information in relation to the collision is asked to contact Ballybofey Garda Station 074-9858530 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

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