Three women and 10-year-old girl killed in tragic road crash
Three women and a 10-year-old girl, believed to be foreign nationals, lost their lives in a tragic crash near Mullingar this morning.
The four were travelling in a car which was in collision with an SUV on the N4 Dublin to Sligo road.
The crash happened just after 7:30am this morning near Portnashangan. The collision took place on straight stretch of road.
Their bodies have been taken by ambulance to Mullingar General Hospital.
The driver of the jeep, a 50 year old male, was taken to nearby Mullingar General Hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
Gardai and emergency services are at the scene, and the road is closed between Junction 17 Castlepollard and Ballinafid, for the 'forseeable future', according to AA Roadwatch. Crash scene investigators are on the scene.
Officials are appealing for information from anyone who may have been on the road between 7am and 8am this morning. They are particularly appealing to anyone who may have observed a grey coloured Nissan Almera (03 registration) or a black Kia Sorento SUV (06 registration) travelling on the Mullingar-Edgesworth stretch of the N7 this morning between 7am and 7.45am to contact them.
Mayor of Mullingar and Fianna Fail councillor Ken Glynn spoke of his upset at the tragedy.
"I'm very sad to hear of this terrible loss of life and the people of Mullingar and all surrounding areas are in shock over this tragic news," he told Independent.ie.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Mullingar Garda Station on 044-9384000 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.