Northern Ireland

Drogheda: Northern Ireland man dies in M1 crash

Image caption The crash happened on the M1 near Monasterboice in Drogheda on Thursday afternoon

A man from Northern Ireland has died after a crash involving a van and a lorry on a motorway in the Republic of Ireland.

The man who was in his 40s, was from the Castlerock area, police have confirmed.

The crash happened on the M1 southbound near Monasterboice in Drogheda, County Louth, at 12:45 local time on Thursday.

The man died after the lorry he was driving struck a van before overturning on the roadside embankment.

Police have appealed for witnesses.

'Extend our sympathies'

The mayor of Drogheda, Kevin Callan, said about 50 emergency services personnel attended the scene to deal with the crash.

"Everybody in the town is quite shocked to hear the news," he said.

"Number one that there was a crash of this size, but also the fact that somebody has lost their life.

"I think I speak on behalf of everyone in Drogheda when we extend our sympathies, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family of that person."