Two die, four hurt in multiple car pile-up
TWO people were killed last night in a multiple-car crash in driving rain and on icy roads.
The two men were travelling in the same vehicle when they were involved in a four-car collision in Co Monaghan.
The incident happened last night about 2km outside Carrickmacross on the main N2 road at Nurebeg.
Both of the dead men were passengers in one of the cars involved.
The driver of the car is understood to be in a serious condition in hospital.
Another two people were also rushed to hospital and were last night said to be in a serious condition. Another person is in a less serious condition.
One of the people in a serious condition in hospital is a pregnant woman.
Two children were also brought to hospital for monitoring after the accident.
A section of the road -- which is the main route between Carrickmacross and Ardee -- was last night sealed off by the emergency services.
Medics declared the two men dead at the scene.
The number of people who have died on the country's roads so far this year now stands at 211.
This is a sharp drop from the number killed in previous years.
Since 2001 the number of people who have died on the roads has almost halved.
Before last night's tragic accident, the last person who died this year was Patrick Murphy from Greenview apartment, The Brook, Arklow in Co Wicklow.
The 41-year-old man was killed in a fatal collision in the early hours of Christmas Day.
He had been walking on the N11 southbound at Coynes Cross when the incident occurred.