N15 crash leaves man fighting for his life

A head-on collision near Ballintra yesterday morning left a young father of three fighting for his life.

A head-on collision near Ballintra yesterday morning left a young father of three fighting for his life.

Daithi White, of Ballisodare, was taken to Sligo General Hospital following a crash between a van and a car on the N15 yesterday morning. At the time of going to press yesterday evening, he was still in intensive care where his condition was described as "critical".

Anthony Molloy, the former Donegal All-Ireland winning captain from Ardara and now living in Teelin, was injured in the collision, which took place shortly after 10am. Both he and the driver of the car he was travelling in, Molloy's life-long friend, Paul 'Feet' Murrin from Killybegs, were taken to Sligo General Hospital where their condition last night was described as stable.

The collision took place at a bend on the N15 between Laghey and Ballintra. That section of road remained closed for most of the day yesterday for garda technical examination, with diversions in place on the old Donegal Town Road.

Garda Supt. Jimmy Coen appealed to the public for information. "At around 10am Monday morning, there was a collision between a van travelling in the Donegal town direction and a car travelling in the Ballyshannon direction on the N15 near Ballintra. We are asking anyone who may have been travelling along that section of road at that time, or have any information regarding this incident, to contact garda in either Ballyshannon on 071 985 8530 or Donegal town on 972 1021."

The N15 between Laghey and Ballyshannon road has seen a number of serious accidents in recent times, with at least eight fatalities in the last six years.