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Three-year-old girl dies in car crash in Limerick

The girl’s twin brother was also injured in the incident but his condition is described as stable.

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A THREE-YEAR old girl has died after sustaining fatal injuries in a crash on the M20 near Patrickswell, Co Limerick.

The girl’s twin brother who was also travelling in the car, was taken by ambulance from the scene to University Hospital Limerick, where his condition is believed to be stable.

The boy is said to have sustained “minor head and facial injuries”.

The twins’ mother who was driving the car is understood to have swerved to avoid another vehicle, travelling in the opposite direction of the motorway, after it had mounted the road’s central reservation barriers.

This car ended up crashing into the steel pole barriers separating the northbound and southbound lanes of the motorway.

The car carrying the two children and their parents “went into a barrel role” according to sources at the scene before coming to a rest on its roof.

Emergency first responders performed CPR on the toddler in their best efforts to save her, however she was pronounced dead at UHL tonight.

The deceased girl’s parent and brother are being treated in hospital for minor injuries and shock.

Three occupants of the other car are also being treated at UHL.

It’s believed the car that crashed onto the central reservation steel pole barriers had severed to avoid a third car.

No one else was seriously injured in the incident.

The collision occurred around 5pm.

Both the northbound and southbound lanes of the motorway are closed between the Adare and Patrickswell interchanges.

Diversions are in place which is causing severe traffic tailbacks.

Gardai have closed the section of the motorway where the crash occurred, for a technical examination of the scene by officers from the Garda collision Investigation unit.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to contact Roxoboro Road Station on 061-214340 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

Read: Man in his 20s dies in single-vehicle crash in Louth

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