Two female pedestrians have died after a collision occurred on the N2 at Hunterstown, just south of Ardee this evening.
The incident happened at around 6.20pm when the women are understood to have disembarked a bus and attempted to cross the road to the car park of The Hunterstown Inn when they were hit by a vehicle.
Ambulance services were quickly on the scene followed by units of the local fire service and officers from Ardee Garda Station but the victims were pronounced dead at the scene. The bodies have since been removed and taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.
The road is now closed and the scene of the crash has been sealed off to allow for a Garda technical examination. The road will be closed overnight and on Tuesday, a Garda spokesperson said on Monday evening.
Reports tonight said that the driver of the vehicle was uninjured and remained at the scene. The victims were both female and known to be local and aged in their 60s. Their families visted the scene of the accident on Monday night.
The accident occurred at a peak commuting time on the the main Dublin to Derry N2 road. The stretch of road had recently been closed to traffic for 10 weeks due to realignment work just 1km further up the road at Blakestown Cross.
Speaking to Independent.ie earlier, councillor Jim Tenanty said, “It happened at about 6.20pm. People are shocked, absolutely. The road is just after being reopened on December 22 after they took the dangerous junction out of it to make it safer.”
Gardai are appealing for witnesses to tonight’s incident to contact Ardee Station on 041 687 1130 or Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.
Motorists asked to avoid the N2 Dublin to Derry road at Huntertstown, Co Louth following a collision in which two people were killed pic.twitter.com/87clAwwO0m
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