Garda forensic investigators have spent the day carrying out a detailed examination of the site in Mayo where two men died in a road crash.

Stephen Brennan, 25, from Bohola, and Martin Murphy, 27, from Knock were killed when the silver Volkswagen Golf they were travelling in collided with an articulated truck.

The crash happened on the N60, between Claremorris and Balla, shortly before midnight.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash happened on the N60 between Claremorris and Balla

Their bodies were removed from the crash site earlier today and taken to University Hospital Mayo, where post mortem examinations will be carried out.

The driver of the truck, a man in his 30s, was treated for shock in the aftermath of the collision. He did not sustain serious injuries.

The incident happened on a straight stretch of road, a short distance away from the Beaten Path, a well known former pub on the approach road to Balla.

Maintenance work has been carried out on the section of road in question around Facefield, in recent weeks, with a number of trees cut back to improve visibility.

Superintendent Gabriel Moran, of the Garda Mayo South Community Engagement Functional Area, said there would be a detailed analysis of the evidence gathered during the day.

He has appealed to anyone with information about the collision, or motorists who may have recorded dash-cam footage, to come forward.

The section of the N60 has reopened to traffic after forensic investigators spent the day examining the scene of last night's fatal collision.