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Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision in Co Monaghan this evening.

The man and woman, who are both in their 70s and locals of the area, were killed in a single car crash near the Monaghan and Armagh border at Killyneill Cross shortly before 6pm.

Gardai and emergency services were called to the scene shortly before 6pm, when the alarm was raised that a car travelling on the route had left the road and ended up in a nearby bog.

 It is believed their car had become submerged in water. 

The two people, who were the only occupants of the car, were removed and pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

The local Coroner Dr Watters attended the scene and both bodies will be removed to the mortuary at Monaghan Hospital later this evening.

Garda forensic collision investigators will examine the scene tomorrow morning. The R213 road is currently closed and local diversions are in place.

Local Cllr Paudge Connolly told the Irish Independent that the entire community is numb with grief.

“Everyone in our tight-knit community is in a total state of shock,” he said.

“At first we heard there was an accident and then we learned that there were two fatalities.

“It’s been a very upsetting day and my sympathies and prayers are with their families."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardaí at Monaghan 047-77200 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

This latest tragedy comes as the fifth death on Irish roads this week.

On Thursday evening, a male pedestrian in his 40s died after he was struck by a 4x4 vehicle on the Dublin Road in Monasterevin.

Earlier in the day, Dublin woman Jackie Griffin was killed in a collision on the M50.

And shortly after 9am on the same day, a female passenger in her 80s died after the car she was travelling in was involved in a serious collision in Loughrea, Co Galway. 

Then on Sunday night, a 60-year-old male died after he was struck by a truck in Dungarvan, Co Waterford.

Last year saw a decrease in road deaths with 150 fatalities compared with 156 in 2017.

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