Gardaí in Cork are appealing for witnesses after a serious car accident involving five teenagers on Thursday has left their families and school in shock.
The principal of an east Cork secondary school attended by the five teenagers injured in the incident said the accident had left “all the families involved and the entire school in shock”.
Principal of Youghal Pobalscoil Na Tríonóide, Séamus O’Ceallacháin said the school’s “main concern now is that all the injured parties make a full recovery”.
He said the school of over 900 pupils, is “offering every support we can to students and families, wherever possible”.
The three boys and two girls are aged 17 to 18 years and are 5th- and 6th-year students at the school.
Two of the male students are twins from the immediate west Waterford area while the others are from Youghal town.
Mr O’Ceallacháin said all were “well known and welcome in all facets of school life”.
The single-vehicle crash occurred at about 9.25pm on Thursday, on the R633 Bog Road, a narrow route some 3km west of Youghal Strand.
The 1km stretch links the main road to a turn for Redbarn beach, before proceeding towards Ballymacoda village.
Theunderstand the car was travelling towards the main road and landed on its roof in bogland adjacent to the road.
A Garda spokesperson said all five were taken to Cork University Hospital where they were “treated for serious injuries".
It is understood one occupant was in a critical condition.
Gardaí closed the road through Friday morning while a forensic examination was conducted.
It is understood the road was recently resurfaced and is not known locally as a particularly dangerous area.
Fianna Fáil councillor for East Cork, Ann Marie Ahern, said the crash appeared to be "an unfortunate accident."
"Thankfully there were no fatalities. It's unfortunate that they had to go through what they did last night. We will look into what happened but it appears to be an unfortunate accident," she said.
Members of the public who may have been in the area between 9.00pm and 9.30pm or witnessed the incident are urged to contact Gardaí.
Anyone who may have camera footage (including dashcam) is asked to contact Gardaí in Youghal on 024 92200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station