29 Jun 2022

Gardaí and emergency services at scene of fatal collision close to Kilkenny border

Garda investigators appeal for witnesses as boy (7) dies after being struck by truck

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Gardaí and emergency services are currently at the scene of a fatal single vehicle road traffic collision on the Ballacolla to Rathdowney Road (L1640), Ballacolla, Co. Laois, this morning.
The collision involved a car and occurred at approximately 1:00am.
The driver of the car, a man aged in his early 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene.  His body has been removed from the scene and taken to Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise.  A male passenger, aged in his early 30s, was treated at the scene for his injuries, believed to be non-life threatening.
The Ballacolla to Rathdowney Road (L1640) is closed between Moyne Cross (R434) and Rathmakelly Crossroads pending technical examination.  Local diversions are in place.
Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this collision to come forward. Any road users who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) and were travelling on the Rathdowney Road (L1640) between 12:30am and 1:30am are asked to make this footage available to gardaí.

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