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Motorist (60s) killed in five-vehicle collision on M6 in Westmeath

A section of the motorway is closed in both directions until further notice.

LAST UPDATE | 17 Mar 2019

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A MAN IN his 60s has been killed following a serious collision on the M6 motorway in Co Westmeath.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after attending the scene of the collision, which happened at Junction 5 (Kilbeggan) earlier today.

At least five vehicles were involved in the crash and the motorway was closed in both directions until further notice.

A male driver was pronounced dead at the scene, while his female passenger, also in her 60s, was injured and was removed to the Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar.

The four drivers and five passengers of the other cars involved were taken to the Midland Regional Hospitals in Mullingar and Tullamore.

One other passenger has what gardaí are describing as serious injuries and was taken by Helicopter to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.

A report has been sent to the local coroner and the scene is preserved for examination by Garda forensic collision investigators.

AA Roadwatch said a hail shower has caused slippery road conditions in the area so extra caution is needed.

With reporting from Órla Ryan.

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