PICTURED: Three men who died in Co Tyrone car smash

PICTURED: Three young men who died after their car smashed into a HGV in the early hours of the morning leaving a fourth man in hospital with ‘serious injuries’

  • Nathan Corrigan, Petey McNamee and Peter Finnigan died in a horrific car crash
  • A fourth man was badly injured following Monday’s crash in Garvaghy, Tyrone
  • Breagh parish priest Monsignor Colum Curry said the crash scene was ‘horrific’ 
  • Local SDLP MLA Daniel McCrossan said the crash was ‘utterly heartbreaking’  

By Darren Boyle for MailOnline

Published: 20:41, 28 December 2021 | Updated: 20:42, 28 December 2021

A parish priest has described the ‘horrific’ scene where three young men died in a road accident in Co Tyrone.

The crash involving a car and a lorry happened at about 1.50am on Monday in the Omagh Road area of Garvaghy.

The three victims have been named locally as Nathan Corrigan, Petey McNamee and Peter Finnegan.

Peter Finnigan, pictured, was one of three young men killed in a fatal smash in Garvaghy, Co Tyrone in the early hours of Monday morning. 

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He was travelling in a car with Nathan Corrigan, left, and Petey McNamee, right, who were also killed in the horrific smash. A fourth man, who was also in the car, has been taken to hospital where he is being treated for serious injuries 

PICTURED: Three men who died in Co Tyrone car smash

The three men were killed after their car was involved in a collision with a HGV. The car, pictured, rolled onto is roof after colliding with the truck

PICTURED: Three men who died in Co Tyrone car smash

The driver of the truck was uninjured after the smash in the early hours of Monday morning

The parish priest in Beragh, Monsignor Colum Curry, said he visited the scene in the hours after the tragedy.

He told the BBC Good Morning Ulster programme: ‘It was a horrific accident – a lot of debris scattered over the road, the car was on its roof.

‘The whole event just reminded me that life is precious and very fragile.

‘There are very few words that I think can adequately speak into such terrible anguish.

‘I suppose the best we can do is just try to be present and help them in some small way just to cope with the darkness of this awful event.

‘It has just been a huge shock to everybody.’

The three men, all in their 20s, died at the scene.

A fourth man, also in his 20s, is in hospital and is being treated for serious injuries.

PICTURED: Three men who died in Co Tyrone car smash

Police closed the A5 for several hours while they conducted a forensic investigation of the scene.

Officers are appealing for anyone who has dashcam footage to come forward

PICTURED: Three men who died in Co Tyrone car smash

Floral tributes were left on the road near where the three men lost their lives in the early hours of Monday morning

SDLP West Tyrone MLA Daniel McCrossan said: ‘The tragic loss of Nathan Corrigan, Petey McNamee and Peter Finnegan has been felt by everyone in our community.

‘To lose three sons at such a young age is utterly heartbreaking and devastating and we are all united in our grief and sympathy.

My thoughts and prayers, and those of everyone in Co Tyrone and beyond, are with the families and friends of Nathan, Petey and Peter as they cope with the worst news imaginable.’

Local SDLP councillor Sharon McAleer said: ‘A terrible dark cloud is hanging over our community as we struggle to come to terms with this dreadful news.

‘We are a tight-knit community in this area and everyone here is overwhelmed with this devastating and horrific loss.

‘Our sympathies are with the families and friends of Nathan, Petey and Peter at this terrible time.’