One person has died and another has been injured in a road traffic collision in Co Clare on Wednesday morning.
The two-car collision happened shortly before 6.00am on the R352, the main Ennis to Scarrif road, on the outskirts of Bodyke village.
Gardaí, National Ambulance Service paramedics and units of Clare County Fire and Rescue Service from Scarriff station responded to the incident.
On arrival, they found the driver and sole occupant of one car, a man in his 20s, had been fatally injured and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The man’s body was removed from the scene and taken to University Hospital Limerick where a postmortem examination will take place.
The driver of the second vehicle was injured in the incident and was taken to hospital by ambulance for treatment, however, his injuries are not believed to be serious.
Gardaí also investigated reports that a passenger from one of the cars may have been missing.
Searches the vicinity were carried out with gardaí also trying to make contact with the person in an effort to establish whether they were in the car and if so, whether they were injured.
It was feared the passenger, if there was one, may have suffered an injury which could have left them confused.
The search of the area was completed around midday with no findings.
The road between Bodyke and Ennis has been closed pending completion of a forensic examination and is not expected to reopen until the late afternoon.
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Ennis Garda Station on 065-684 8100, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666 111 or any Garda station.