Three dead after car smashes into road sign

Gardai stopping traffic
Gardai stopping traffic

Three people are dead after a horrific road crash in Co Laois in the early hours of this morning.

A man (20) and two women (aged 20 and 35), who were passengers, were killed when the car they were travelling in crashed into a road sign at Middlemount, Rathdowney.

The three were pronounced dead at the scene and their remains have been removed to the mortuary at Portlaoise Hospital.

A third male passenger (16) was injured in the collision and he was taken to Tullamore General Hospital, where his injuries are described as non-life threatening.

The road remains closed as Garda Forensic Collision Investigators inspect the scene.

Gardai wish to appeal for witnesses or anyone who may have been on the Rathdowney to Abbeyleix Road between 2.30am and 3am this morning to contact Portlaoise Garda Station on 057 8674100, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.