Man crushed trying to stop thieves in County Donegal

A man has been crushed between two cars after he confronted thieves who were trying to break into his lorry.

The injured man, who is from Dungiven, County Londonderry, was carried on the side of a car that then collided with another vehicle.

It happened while the man was attending a family wake near Burnfoot, County Donegal, on Monday night.

Irish police said he suffered serious injuries to his legs, pelvis and chest. He is said to be in a stable condition.

The car believed to have been involved has since been found burnt out in Steelstown in Derry.

The mayor of Buncrana, Peter McLaughlin, witnessed the incident on Sunday and told BBC Radio Foyle that the man was lucky to be alive.

"To think that these boys didn't care about what they have done and were prepared to drive through or over anything that got in their way, is scary," he said.

"It's not too often you meet bad people, but these were bad people that they didn't think about other people."

Supt Eugene McGovern, from Buncrana Garda station, said: "Fortunately the man doesn't have any life-threatening injuries, but he suffered serious injuries to his legs."

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