Three people have been confirmed dead following the explosion at a petrol station in Creeslough this afternoon.
Gardai have released a statement confirming three fatalities. Emergency services are continuing to work through the night at the scene.
The emergency response has been led by the Donegal County Council Fire Service with assistance by An Garda Síochána, the National Ambulance Service, Irish Coast Guard, the Coast Guard Rescue 118 Helicopter, Irish Air Corps Medivac 112, Northern Ireland Ambulance HEMS, Irish Community Air Ambulance (Ground Crew), Northern Ireland Urban Search and Rescue, Meavagh Fire Service, Donegal Mountain Rescue, Northern Ireland Ambulance Service HART team (Hazardous Area Response Team) and the Donegal County Council Civil Defence.
“This continues to be an ongoing operation and An Garda Síochána are not in a position to provide further information on casualties at this time,” said a Garda spokesperson.
“An Garda Síochána continue to request that any road users intending to travel to the Creeslough area for any reason consider alternative routes as Emergency Services continue to deal with this ongoing incident.
“An Garda Síochána will issue further information on this major incident when appropriate tomorrow.”
Earlier this evening a number of traffic diversions were put in place:
– Traffic from Carraig Airt to turn left at R245 junction, south onto N56 at Roscad and follow diversion signs
– Traffic from Letterkenny on N56 to turn west at An Tearmann onto R255 Glenveagh Road and follow diversion signs
– Traffic from Gaoth Dobhair turn south off N56 at Meenacuing junction and follow R251, Back of Errigal road onto An Tearmann
– Traffic from Gort an Choirce and An Fál Carrach, turn south at N56 Crossroads in An Fál Carrach onto R256, Muckish Gap road, towards R251 junction
– Traffice from Dunfanaghy/Port na Blagh to travel west on N56 to An Fál Carrach and follow diversion signs.