An Irish man has died in a road crash in Australia.

Seamus Walsh, 38, originally from Kilcready, Ballyhale, Co Kilkenny, was killed when his truck collided with another truck on a highway in northern New South Wales at about midnight local time this morning.

New South Wales Police say emergency services were called to the Pacific Highway, south of Nabiac, near Forster, following reports that two B-doubles trucks travelling northbound had collided.

One of the drivers died at the scene.

The second driver was taken to hospital in a stable condition.

Officers from Manning-Great Lakes Police District established a crime scene and with the assistance of the Crash Investigation Unit are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

Mr Walsh, a married man and father of a seven-year-old girl, had been living in Australia since 2007 where he ran his own haulage business. 

His grandfather, Jimmy Walsh, captained the Kilkenny senior hurling team to two All-Ireland hurling victories in 1932 and 1937.

Fianna Fáil TD Bobby Alyward, who knows the family, said: "It's very sad news for a local family and everyone is very shocked on hearing (what has happened)."