An eight-year-old boy and a man in his 30s have died after a collision between a car and an articulated lorry in Co Offaly.

The incident happened near Killeigh on the Tullamore to Mountmellick road at around 5pm. 

A nine-year-old girl, who was a passenger in the car was airlifted to Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, with life-threatening injuries.

A man, who was also travelling in the car,  was injured and taken to the Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore.

The man who was driving the lorry was also taken to hospital in Tullamore.

His injuries are described as minor.

The road was closed for a technical examination but has since reopened.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Tullamore Garda Station on 057-9327600 or the Garda Confidential line on 1800-666111.