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A man in his late teens was arrested at the scene

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Gardai have appealed for information about a fatal road collision in Co Limerick (Niall Carson/PA)

Gardai have appealed for information about a fatal road collision in Co Limerick (Niall Carson/PA)

Gardai have appealed for information about a fatal road collision in Co Limerick (Niall Carson/PA)

A man in his twenties has been killed in a road crash in Co Limerick.

Gardai are investigating the single-vehicle collision which occurred on the R518 Askeaton to Rathkeale road at approximately 1am on Saturday.

The driver of the car the deceased was travelling in, in his late teens, was arrested at the scene d taken to Henry Street Garda Station where he is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984

Another man in his 20s, also a passenger, was taken to hospital to be treated for non life-threatening injuries.

A male passenger in the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene and has been removed to University Hospital Limerick for a post-mortem examination.

Another male passenger in his twenties was taken to hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the vehicle, understood to be in his late teens, was arrested at the scene.

Gardai are appealing for any witnesses to the collision to come forward.

The man is the seventh person to die on Irish roads in the last 72 hours.

Yesterday Gardaí ssued an urgent appeal to road users to take greater care on the roads following the tragic deaths.

Hazardous road conditions are likely in the coming days as Met Éireann has issued weather warnings for heavy rainfall and localised flooding.

Assistant Commissioner, Paula Hilman, Roads Policing and Community Engagement, said: "Not only has it been a horrific 24 hours on the roads, we are also seeing an increase in road deaths this year compared to the same period last year.

"Road tragedies affect all parts of the country. Every fatal or serious injury collision has a devastating impact on family, friends and communities.

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"As we think of and send our sympathies to the families and friends of those who have been killed on our roads, I would ask every road user to play their part to make our roads safer and to think about their safety, and that of other road users.”

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