Child, 12, dies after car he was driving smashes into lorry during night

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The crash happened in Limerick shortly before 2am and it is understood that the child was the only person in the car

A 12-year-old boy has been killed in a crash after the car he was driving collided with a lorry in Limerick in the early hours of this morning.

The crash happened in Limerick shortly before 2am and it is understood that the child was the only person in the car.

He died at the scene and his body has been taken to the morgue at University Hospital Limerick, the Irish Mirror reports.

Police are keen for anyone in the area with dashcam footage to come forward to help the investigation.

A Garda spokeswoman said: “Shortly before 2am, Gardaí and Emergency Services were alerted following a collision between a car and a lorry on the N21 at Rineroe near Adare.

“The driver of the car, a male juvenile, was fatally injured.

“He was the sole occupant of the car. His body has since been removed to the morgue at University Hospital Limerick.

“The coroner has been notified.

“The driver of the lorry, a man in his 40s, did not require hospital treatment.

“The scene is preserved for examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators. Diversions are currently in place on the N21, with city bound traffic being diverted from Adare via Croom.

“Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this collision to come forward.

“Any road users who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) and were travelling on the N21 near Adare area at the time of the collision are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact Newcastlewest Garda Station 069 20650, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.”