Two separate investigations have begun following a fatal crash between a car and a bus this evening in Co Meath.

The accident happened at 6.15pm on the northern outskirts of Navan.

The double-decker Bus Éireann coach had left Cavan at 5pm with 53 passengers on board bound for Dublin.

As the coach approached Navan there was a collision between it and a car driven by a 32-year-old woman from Rathkenny, Co Meath. The woman's three-year-old niece was also in the car.

The woman was fatally injured. She was pronounced dead shortly after being brought to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

It is understood that her niece did not sustain serious injuries.

Around ten people, including the bus driver, were taken from the scene to the hospital in several ambulances. Their injuries are not believed to be serious.

The remaining passengers were brought to Dublin on a replacement bus.

A garda investigation is already under way into the circumstances surrounding the accident.

A spokesperson for Bus Éireann expressed sympathy to the family of the woman who died and confirmed the company would also be carrying out its own investigation into the crash.