FOGGY conditions are being blamed for a multi-vehicle collision which claimed the life of a teenager.
The victim, Oisin Crotty (19), from The Rower near Inistioge in south Kilkenny, was on his way to work when the five-car pile-up happened at about 8.15am.
It is understood there was heavy fog at the time on the old Waterford-Kilkenny road, a straight stretch of the N10 not far from the M9 and near the GAA club in Danesfort.
The collision happened between Danesfort and Foulkstown, about half-a- mile from the village on the Kilkenny side.
Mr Crotty was travelling to Kilkenny city where he was an apprentice with ESB Networks. A son of Sean and Mairead Crotty in The Rower, he was a former juvenile GAA player.
Local Labour TD Ann Phelan, who lives a few kilometres from The Rower, said the community "will be absolutely devastated" by yesterday's tragedy.
"It's a very small, tight-knit area and everybody would know everybody. This will hurt them very badly."
It is believed Mr Crotty was attempting an overtaking manoeuvre when his car collided with a van coming in the opposite direction.
The male driver of the van was "serious but stable" after being brought to Waterford Regional Hospital.
Another man was also taken to St Luke's General Hospital in Kilkenny and was said to be suffering from "serious injuries".
Two other people involved suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene.
One of the vehicles was an ambulance car whose driver was on the way to work at the HSE ambulance base in Kilkenny. He managed to put out a fire which broke out at the scene, using a fire extinguisher, despite his own car being damaged in the collision.