A man in his 20s has died following the hijacking of a taxi in Dublin's south inner city.

The car was forcibly taken from its driver by two men this morning.

The taxi driver was assaulted before being forced out of his car in south inner city area at about 8.30am.

The taxi later crashed into a pole in the James's Street area and narrowly avoided an oncoming vehicle.

One of the men, a passenger in the car, was taken to St James's Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The State Pathologist has been notified and a post mortem is due to take place later today.

The other man, who is also in his 20s, was uninjured in the incident.

He was arrested and is being held at Kilmainham Garda Station.

The taxi driver's injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

The vehicle was not being pursued at the time of the collision.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information to contact them at Kilmainham Garda Station on 01-6667900, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111 or any garda station.