Scenes of devastation as four men lose their lives in three separate road collisions overnight
Ireland's road death toll is now 102 people - 14 up from this time last year
Four men, aged in their twenties and forties, have been killed in three separate road collisions overnight.
A head-on collision in the early hours of Wednesday morning has resulted in the fatality of a young man in his twenties, garda sources report.
The incident occurred on the road between Kilcock and Clane in Co Kildare.
It is reported that a car and truck crashed head-on at the townland of Baltracey.
The articulated truck pulling a 40ft refrigerated container ended up in a field after the force of the collision.
The collision happened at approximately 11.30pm. The young man was the sole occupant of the car.
The car and wreckage were strewn across the road this morning as Gardai waited for collision investigators to arrive.
The young man was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was removed to Naas Hospital.
The driver of the truck was taken to Blanchardstown Hospital with what are described as minor injuries.
The road is currently closed pending a forensic examination by gardai.
Diversions are in place.
Meanwhile, in Meath, a 42-year-old man was seriously injured when the car he was driving collided with a second car.
The incident occurred at 8.50pm on the R152 Dunboyne to Maynooth Road at Castlefarm near Dunboyne.
The man was taken by ambulance to Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown where he was later pronounced dead.
He was the sole occupant of the car.
The driver and four passengers in the second car were also removed to hospital. Their injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
The road is closed and local traffic diversions are in place.
The scene is preserved and Garda forensic collision investigators will conduct an examination on Wednesday morning. The local coroner has been notified.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Ashbourne Garda Station 01-8010600 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.
The number of people killed on Irish roads has risen from this time last year, the Road Safety Authority reports.
New death figures revealed on Tuesday that 98 people have lost their lives so far this year in road accidents.
The death toll has now risen to 100 following the two collisions overnight.
It is an increase of 12 deaths from this time last year.
The RSA has predicted that if the current trend continues, up to 80 more people could die before the end of the year.
In Donegal, gardai are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision which claimed the lives of two young men.
The incident occurred at approximately 4.45am when a car collided head on with a van on the inbound carriageway of the N13 at Trimragh, Letterkenny.
The occupants of the car, two young men understood to be be aged in their late teens and 20s, were pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the van, a man aged in his forties, was taken by ambulance to University Hospital, Letterkenny.
His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.
The inbound stretch of the dual carriageway is currently closed to traffic and diversions are in place.
Garda forensic collision investigators have been requested to examine the scene and the local coroner has been notified.
Investigations are ongoing and Gardaí are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to contact Letterkenny Garda Station 074-9167100 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.