A 27-year-man has died following a crash near Mullingar in Co Westmeath last night.

The man was injured after the car he was travelling in hit a ditch and ended up in a field at Deerpark, around 2.5km from Castlepollard, some time between 10pm and 11.20pm.

He was taken to the Midlands Regional Hospital in Mullingar, where he was later pronounced dead.

An 18-year-old woman, who was also in the car, was taken to the same hospital. Her condition is described as serious.

The road has been closed for a technical examination and diversions are in place.

Gardaí have appealed for any witnesses or anyone who travelled on that stretch of road between 10pm and 11.20pm to contact Mullingar Garda Station at 044 9384000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.