Playhouse devastated by ‘tragic loss’

Garda officers examine the motorbike involved in the fatal crash on Thursday night on the Bridgend to Letterkenny Road. DER4414MC101
Garda officers examine the motorbike involved in the fatal crash on Thursday night on the Bridgend to Letterkenny Road. DER4414MC101

The man killed in a three-vehicle collision in Burt on Thursday has been named locally as Lenny Nelson.

Mr. Nelson worked as a technician in Derry’s Playhouse Theatre on Artillery Street.

As a result of Mr. Nelson’s death the management at the Playhouse cancelled two performances of the play ‘Grimm’ on Friday.

“The Playhouse family has experienced a tragic loss today and so both performances of ‘Grimm Tales for Kids’ will be cancelled. Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time,” read a brief statement on the Playhouse Theatre’s Facebook page.

Some people used the statement as an opportunity to express their sadness.

“So very sad. Lenny was a true gentleman. He will be sorely missed by all who had the honour of knowing him,” said one person.

Mr. Nelson, in his 50s, was fatally injured when he was involved in a collision with two cars at Lisfannon at approximately 10.30pm on Thursday night.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was removed to Letterkenny General Hospital.

One of the drivers, a male in his 30s, was taken to hospital in Derry with what was described as minor injuries.

The other driver was uninjured.

At the time of going to print the stretch of road remained closed to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and local diversions were in place.

Gardai wish to appeal for witnesses to contact Buncrana Garda Station on 074-9320540, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

The man is the second motorcyclist to die on Donegal roads in recent days.

On Wednesday, a male motorcyclist was fatally injured when his motorcycle was in collision with another vehicle at Oakfield Demesne, Derry Road, Raphoe,