Motorist killed in Laois after car hits wall

The incident happened on the Athy Road, Stradbally

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A motorist has been killed in a road traffic accident in Stradbally, Co Laois.

The single vehicle incident happened on the Athy Road at approximately 2.45pm when a car hit a wall and subsequently went on fire. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was fatally injured as a result of the collision.

The body of the deceased was taken to Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise where a post-mortem will take place.

The Athy Road (R428) was closed on Friday evening as Garda Forensic Collision Investigators conducted a technical examination of the scene. The road has since reopened.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this collision to come forward, including any road users who may have dash-cam footage.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Portlaoise Garda Station on 057 867 4100, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.