A man in his 80s has died in a road collision in Co Laois.

The three-car collision happened on the M7 close to the intersection of the M7 and M8 motorways at 7.15pm yesterday.

A man in his 40s, who was in one of the other cars, was seriously injured and taken to University Hospital Limerick.

A woman in her 40s, who was a passenger in the car, was also taken to hospital. Her injuries are described as non-life threatening.

The male driver and female passenger in the third car were taken to Cork University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A child that was also in the car was taken to hospital for treatment.

The road remains closed and local diversions are in place.

Gardaí are appealing to any road users who were travelling on the M7 yesterday evening between 7pm and 7.30pm, and who may have camera footage (including dash cam), to make it available to gardaí.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Portlaoise Garda Station on (057) 8674100, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666111, or any Garda station.