A series of investigations are under way following the death of a man in his 20s who was struck by a train in Co Meath.

A second man was also injured.

The incident happened at Gormanston train station shortly before 9.30pm last night, when a Dublin to Belfast train collided with two men on the train line.

A 22-year-old man, who was living in the area, was treated at the scene by emergency services but he was later pronounced dead.

His body was taken to Navan mortuary for a post-mortem examination.

A second man, aged in his 30s, also received treatment at the scene for injuries.

Train services had to be suspended in the area for several hours following the incident, which it is understood gardaí are treating as an accident.

Irish Rail said it is also investigating the circumstances surrounding the collision, while the Railway Accident Investigation Unit said it is carrying out a preliminary investigation.

Irish Rail has extended its sympathies to the family and friends of the man who died and said it is investigating all circumstances surrounding the collision.

The company has also reiterated the importance of "acting safely" at all times near train tracks.

The Railway Accident Investigation Unit has said it is "currently carrying out a preliminary investigation" into the incident.

The RAIU said the purpose of its investigations is "to improve railway safety by establishing in so far as possible the causes of an accident with a view to making safety recommendations for the avoidance of similar accidents in the future."

Additional reporting by Fergal O'Brien