Man dies as lorry jack-knifes on M1, closing southbound lane
A man has died after a crash near the M1 toll plaza early this morning.
It is understood that the man was driving a lorry and appears to have lost control, struck a garda observational point and then jack-knifed.
The incident occurred shortly after 8.30am this morning.
Gardai, fire service and ambulance services attended the scene just south of the toll plaza at Gormanston.
The road is currently closed south-bound at Junction 9 Drogheda.
Diversions are in place and motorists are advised that they will be diverted onto the R132 and can rejoin the motorway at Junction 7 Julianstown.
The man is the fifth person to die on Irish roads since Friday.
A pedestrian (aged in his 40s) was killed when he was struck by a car at around 2.20am this morning in Co Wicklow.
The man was walking along the Coolgreany Road in Arklow when the incident occurred.
He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body has been removed to St. Columcille's Hospital, Loughlinstown, where a post-mortem examination will be carried out.
The driver of the car was uninjured in the incident.
The road at the scene of the crash is closed pending an examination of the area by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators.
Today's tragic deaths comes as Sean Halloran, a young man in his 20s, was killed in a 4am crash on Sunday in Co Mayo. Mr Halloran, from Clonbur in Co Galway had been attending GAA event, Comortas Peile Na Gaeltachta in Tourmakeady. Two other occupants were also rushed to hospital.
Mr Halloran's close friend, named locally as Orla O'Malley, was last night fighting for her life in Mayo University Hospital.
The driver of the car, in his 20s, was also injured.
Meanwhile, on Saturday a man in his 40s was killed in a single car crash on the M6. A female passenger was also hospitalised.
On Friday Cavan GAA backroom team member, Dominic Earley, was killed in a road crash in Co Fermanagh.
Meanwhile six people were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries following a head on collision on the N2, the main Dublin to Derry road, this morning.
The collision happened at Daly’s Cross, north of Collon, which is used as a link road between the M1 motorway and the N2.