A local man in his 50s died when the van he was driving hit a tree on the main Killarney to Mallow road earlier today.

The fatal crashed occurred at Dysert Bridge at around 10am this morning.

Investigating gardaí at Kanturk have appealed for witnesses who may have seen the man's red Toyota Corolla van earlier today to contact them.

The man was the sole occupant of the van.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and has been taken to Cork University Hospital where a post mortem examination is due to take place tomorrow. 

The road remains closed pending the arrival of a Garda Forensic Investigator and diversions are in place.