Three people killed in car accident
Three people have been killed in a car crash in Co Laois.
The single-vehicle accident happened on the Rathdowney to Abbeylix Road (R433) at about 3am this morning.
It is understood the car hit a road sign about three miles outside Rathdowney.
The 20-year-old male driver and two women aged 20 and 35 were pronounced dead at the scene.
A 16-year-old male passenger was taken to Tullamore General Hospital with injuries described as non-life threatening.
Gardai have said the road will remain closed until at least lunchtime in order to facilitate an examination by forensic collision investigators.
Anyone who may have been travelling on the Rathdowney to Abbeyleix Road between 2.30am and 3am has been asked to contact Portlaoise Garda Station on 057 8674100, or the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111.