Updated at 7.14pm
A HSE AMBULANCE paramedic has died after the 4x4 he was driving crashed into a pole in Laois early this morning.
The fatal crash happened at approximately 6.20am today on the Ballyfin Road near Mountrath in Laois. The man, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.
His body was taken to the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise where a post mortem will be carried out later today.
Local Authority Road Safety Officers spokesperson Declan Keogh extended “sympathy and condolences to his family, close friends and in particular his colleagues in the Ambulance Service”.
The news of any member of the emergency services being injured or killed in a road collision is particularly sad, given the role they play in preventing death and injuries; both on the road in their life saving capacity, and off the road in raising awareness about road safety.
Garda investigators have carried out a forensic examination of the scene.
Gardaí have appealed for any witnesses to contact them with information.
Originally published 10am