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Mullingar collision: Girl, 10, and three women killed

The collision involved a 4X4 vehicle and a car Image copyright RTE
Image caption The collision involved a 4X4 vehicle and a car

A 10-year-old girl and three women have been killed in a traffic collision in County Westmeath.

The crash, involving a 4x4 vehicle and a car, happened near Portnashangan, just north of Mullingar on the main N4 Dublin to Sligo Road on Saturday.

The child and three women, aged in their late 30s and early 40s, were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the other vehicle was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

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Image caption The emergency services attended the scene of the crash

The road remains closed and diversions are in place as a major investigation gets under way.

Anyone who was travelling on the road between 07:00 BST and 08:00 BST and noticed anything is asked to contact police.

A garda spokesman said they were "appealing to anyone who may have observed a gold coloured Nissan Almera (03 registered) or a black Kia Sorento jeep (06 registered) travelling on the Mullingar to Edgeworthstown stretch of the N4" between 07:00 BST and 07:45 BST to contact them.

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