A 12-year-old schoolboy tragically lost his life when the car he was driving collided with a lorry shortly before 2am this morning in Rineroe, Co Limerick.
Gardaí and Emergency Services were alerted following a collision between a car and a lorry on the N21 at Rineroe near Adare.
The driver of the car, a 12-year-old boy, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The schoolboy was the sole occupant of the car. His body has since been removed to the morgue at University Hospital Limerick.
The driver of the lorry, a man in his 40s, did not require hospital treatment.
The scene has been preserved for examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators. Diversions are currently in place on the N21, with city bound traffic being diverted from Adare via Croom.
In a message on Twitter, Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan expressed his sympathies to the dead boy’s family and the lorry driver:
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 N21 near Adare area at the time of the collision are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Newcastlewest Garda Station 069 20650, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.