18-year-old dies after car collides with tractor

An 18-year-old male was fatally injured last night (July 17) when the car he was travelling in, as a front seat passenger, collided with a tractor.

The accident happened at approximately 23.50 last night on the N4 at Cloonart, Bornacoola, Co. Longford and he was brought to Mullingar Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to the Gardai, the driver and other two occupants of the car were also brought to Mullingar Hospital. Their injuries are described as minor (driver and one other passenger) and serious (one passenger).

There were four male occupants of the car. The driver of the tractor was uninjured, a Gardai spokesperson said.

This stretch of road is currently closed to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and diversions are in place via Roosky for traffic coming from Sligo, and Newtownforbes for traffic travelling from Dublin.

Gardai wish to appeal for witnesses to contact Longford Garda Station on 043-3350570, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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