Westmeath: Thirteen-year-old boy dies in one-car crash

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A 13-year-old boy has died following a single-vehicle car crash in the Republic of Ireland.

The crash happened at 02:15 local time on Wednesday in the Lisclougher Great area of Delvin, County Westmeath. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

He has been named locally as Joseph Anderson, according to broadcaster RTÉ.

Another teenage boy is in a critical condition and is being treated at the Regional Hospital Mullingar, gardaí (Irish police) said.

A police spokesman said three other teenage boys who were in the car sustained non-life threatening injuries.

It is understood the car involved had come to the attention of gardaí before the crash.

The incident has been referred to the police watchdog - An Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission.

The commission said the car had failed to stop for gardaí when signalled to do so and drove away from officers.

Gardaí have asked for any witnesses to come forward.