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Teenager recalls tragic scenes at Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown

Eye-witness Eboney Johnson (16) speaking outside the Greenvale Hotel yesterday. Picture by Justin Kernoghan/ Photopress Belfast

A TEENAGER has described the "pushing and shoving" outside the Greenvale Hotel on Sunday as people fell over as they bent down to pick others up.

Eboney Johnston (16) was at the venue on St Patrick's night waiting to enter the disco when the tragic scenes began to unfold.

As she visited the scene yesterday to lay her own floral tribute to the three teenagers who lost their lives - Morgan Barnard, Lauren Bullock and Connor Currie - she described seeing a toppling effect in the crowd.

"People just started to fall but as one person fell another went down," she said.

"As a person went to lift another person up they were pushing and shoving and another person would fall, which caused a build-up of everybody lying there."

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The young girl said she almost felt guilty that she survived.

"We looked down and you could just see everybody lying there and then you could just see Connor himself being took out," she said.

"It was just such a tragic situation.

"We are just all so lucky that it was not any of us.

"We nearly feel guilty because it was not us, we nearly feel bad, the families, what they are going through, it is awful."

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