Three women in their 70s have died following a road crash in Co Limerick.

The crash, which involved two cars, happened at around 6.30pm on the Listowel side of Loughill village.

One of the women, who was the driver and sole occupant of one of the cars, was declared dead at the scene.

The driver and the passenger of the second car were also both pronounced dead at the scene.

A third occupant, also a woman in her 70s, has been taken to University Hosptial Limeirkc with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Gardaí have said the road is currently closed but diversions are in place.

An appeal for witnesses has been made, and anyone with information is asked to contact Newcastle West Garda Station on 069-20650, or any garda station.