#UPDATE – 12 year-old driver dies in Limerick traffic collision

Google image of the N21 near Adare

THE 12-year-old boy who died when the car he was driving collided with lorry in the early hours of this morning is believed to be from the Newcastle West area.

The boy, who was the sole occupant of a Nissan Qashqai, was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision at Rineroe near Adare about 15 kilometres from Limerick City.

Gardaí and emergency services were dispatched to the scene  on the N21 shortly before 2am.

It is understood that the boy was soon to celebrate his 13th birthday and his body has since been removed to the morgue at University Hospital Limerick. The coroner has been notified and it is understood that a post-mortem examination will be carried out.

The school that the boy attended has been informed of the tragedy and support is being offered to staff, pupils and parents.

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Gardaí said that 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,” a Garda spokesman said.

Appealing for witnesses, the spokesman said: “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 should contact Newcastle West Garda Station 069 20650, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.