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Man dies as motorcycle hits crash barriers on M7 in Laois

The 45-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

Updated 20.01

A 45-YEAR-OLD man died this morning when the motorcycle he was driving hit the crash barriers on the M7 at Knockaroo in Laois.

The fatal crash occurred in the Borris-in-Ossory area at about 6.40am. No other vehicles were involved in the incident and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

His body was removed to Midlands Hospital in Portlaoise, where a post-mortem exam will be held tomorrow.

The road was closed to facilitate forensic exams but it has since reopened.

Gardaí have appealed for any witnesses to contact them at the local station on 057 867 4100.

The man is the 101st victim of Irish road deaths so far this year. He is also the 15th motorcyclist to be killed since 1 January.

First published 17.10

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