A young man was killed in a traffic accident this morning on the N80 between Mountmellick and Portlaoise.
A section of the road – from near Kyletalisha to Mountmelllick – remains closed pending a forensic investigation.
It’s believed the accident happened at about 7.30am.
Gardai confirmed the details in a statement this morning.
“Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene of a fatal road traffic collision on the N80 at Clonsoghey in Co.Laois, this morning, Saturday, 20th November, 2021.
“The collision involved a van and a pedestrian and occurred at approximately 7.30am.
“The pedestrian, a man aged in his late teens, was taken to Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise where he later passed away from his injuries.
“A post-mortem will take place at a later date. The driver of the van was uninjured.
“An examination of the scene by Forensic Collision Investigators is currently taking place and the road remains closed at this time.
“Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to come forward. They are particularly appealing to any road users who were travelling on this road at the time with camera footage to make this available to them.
“Anyone with information is asked to contact Portlaoise Garda station on 057 867 4100, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.”