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Girl (3) survives as crash kills her aunt

A THREE-year-old girl is in hospital today after surviving a head-on collision that killed her aunt.

Two separate investigations are under way following the fatal crash between a double-decker bus and the woman's car.

The crash happened just after 6.15pm yesterday on the outskirts of Navan.

The dead woman (32) is believed to be from Rathkenny, Co Meath.

Up to six ambulances and fire brigade units were sent to the scene after the route 109 Bus Eireann vehicle, which left Cavan at 5pm bound for Dublin, was involved in a collision with the car being driven by the woman.

It is believed that the three-year-old girl, who was in the rear of the car, was not seriously injured in the crash.

The bus driver and the passengers who were taken to hospital are believed to have escaped serious injury. The remaining 43 passengers were transferred to another bus and continued their journey.

Gardai and Bus Eireann are carrying out separate investigations to determine the cause of the crash.

The force of the collision caused the bus to career into several showcase cars that were parked on the forecourt of Malone's Toyota dealership on the Kells Road before it came to a stop.

A Bus Eireann spokeswoman confirmed that none of the passengers had suffered serious injuries.

The passengers from the bus were brought to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in nearby Drogheda, Co Louth, as a precaution.

Crowded

The car driver survived the impact but was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.

A man who was driving in the area at the time of the crash said the entire area was crowded with ambulances, fire engines and garda cars.

Officers sealed off the crash site as garda crash scene investigators examined the vehicles and the roadway.

The road was closed off in one direction, causing some delays to traffic in the area.

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