Five cars were involved in a collision in Co Westmeath. 

A man in his 60s has been killed and 10 others injured in a five-car crash in Ireland this St Patrick's Day. 

The driver of one of the cars was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on the M6 motorway, near Kilbeggan, Co Westmeath. A woman who was the passenger in his car was one of the ten injured and rushed to the hospital. 

One of those involved in the crash is said to have “serious injuries” and was brought to the hospital by helicopter. 

"Gardaí in Athlone, Co Westmeath are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision today, Sunday 17th March 2019," said a Garda spokesperson. 

"The collision occurred on the M6 just after junction 5 eastbound near Kilbeggan, five cars were involved.

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"A male driver of one of the cars in his 60s was fatally injured and pronounced dead at the scene, his female passenger also in her 60s was injured and was removed to the Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar.

"The four drivers and five passengers of the other cars involved were taken to the Midland Regional Hospitals in Mullingar and Tullamore.

"One other passenger has what is described as serious injuries and was taken by helicopter to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.

"A report has been sent to the local Coroner and the scene is preserved for examination by Garda forensic collision investigators. The stretch of road remains closed.

"Anyone with information is asked to contact Athlone Garda Station 090-6498550 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111."

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