Road closed as Donegal gardaí investigate unexplained death

Link between road traffic collision and man's death being investigated

Staff Reporter


Staff Reporter

Dundalk to Carlingford road closed due to crash

A road in Donegal is still closed as gardaí investigate the unexplained death of a man.

Gardaí investigating the sudden death of a man in his mid-40s in Buncrana are appealing for the public’s help.

The man’s body was discovered in a house at Oakfield Close at 6.30pm on March 18th, 2018.  

He was pronounced dead at the scene and a post-mortem examination was carried out at Letterkenny University Hospital by the Deputy State Pathologist Dr Linda Mulligan.

The Garda press office said that while the man died from natural causes, there were some unexplained injuries to the body consistent with either a fall or as a result of being in a vehicle that was involved in a collision. Shortly before midnight on the 17th March Gardaí were called to the scene single-vehicle collision at Slab Road, Burnfoot.

A white Renault van had crashed, but there was no one present at the scene when gardaí arrived.  

Gardaí are investigating a link between this van and sudden death of the man in Buncrana.

The van has been removed from the scene for a full technical examination and the roadway in the area of the crash is sealed off to facilitate a technical examination of the area by Garda crime scene investigators.

 Speaking to the Donegal Democrat, Superintendent Eugene McGovern said the death and the collision are being investigated.

“One line of inquiry is that there may be a link between the two," he said. "The road is still being examined at the minute by way of a follow up in relation to the collision. The incident is being investigated as an unexplained death.”