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Tuesday, 17 August, 1999, 10:16 GMT 11:16 UK
Crash claims fifth life
The mangled wreckage of the cars after Friday's horrific accident
The mangled wreckage of the cars after Friday's horrific accident
A car crash in which four Northern Ireland teenagers were killed has claimed another life.

As the funeral of Christopher Hanna, 17, was beginning in County Down on Monday it was announced that a boy badly injured in the crash had died.

Nine-year-old Michael McNeilis died from his injuries in hospital in Letterkenney, County Donegal. His mother is remains critically ill.

Four other children and an adult also injured in the collision in Donegal on Friday are still being treated in hospitals in the Republic of Ireland.

Christopher Hanna was one of four sixth form pupils at Methodist College in Belfast who died in the accident.

His funeral was held near his home town of Downpatrick in County Down.

He and the three other youths who died in the crash were friends from the same school.

The others who died were Nick Kirkwood, from Ballygowan, County Down, Chris Sloan, from Holywood, County Down, David Armstrong from Belfast.

They had crossed the Irish border on their way to the holiday home of one of the boys' parents near the village of Glenties in Donegal.

'Devastated'

They were killed when their car was in collision with another car carrying two women and five children, who were seriously injured.

Headmaster of Methodist College Wilfred Mulryne said everybody at the school felt devastated at the deaths.

"It's unbelievable and difficult to imagine four boys losing their lives in this way," he said.

Meanwhile, the police have released the names of two teenagers killed in a road accident at Ballygawley, County Tyrone on Saturday.

They were 17-year-old Darren Alister and 15-year-old Mark McElvaney who came from Monaghan in the Republic of Ireland.

They died when their car was in collision with a bus.

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