Boy (4) killed in Limerick car crash
A FOUR-YEAR-OLD boy has died following a two-car collision in Co Limerick at lunchtime today.
The boy, named locally as Jack McDonnell, was travelling in a car with his parents, when the collision occurred at The Honey Fitz cross at Patrickswell, Lough Gur, at 1.15pm.
He was sitting in the rear of the car with his two siblings.
His parents and their two other children, suffered minor injuries and are being treated for shock.
Gardai said the boy, aged four, was one of nine people caught up in the crash.
The female driver of the other car along with three children travelling in the same car also sustained minor injuries.
The scene of the crash in Patrickswell, Lough Gur
The little boy who died at the scene was brought to University Hospital Limerick where he was pronounced dead.
It's understood his family are from Co Limerick.
The road is closed for a forensic collision examination. Diversons are in place.
Gardai are appealing for witnesses to the collision to contact Bruff Garda station on 061 382940, the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.
Meanwhile, road safety chiefs have warned about increased dangers on the roads with rain showers forecasts as the heatwave comes to an end.
Roads are expected to be greasy after such a long period of dry weather followed by short bursts of rain.
And the Road Safety Authority and the Irish Farmers' Association have appealed for drivers to be cautious as the number of tractors, trailers and other farm machinery using the roads increases.