By Carmel Hayes
REPORTS are coming in of a multiple-vehicle crash on a busy road in Portlaoise.
Emergency services are at the scene of the collision on the N80 Mountmellick Road this afternoon.
It is understood that up to five vehicles were involved in the pile-up at about 3pm and motorists are asked to avoid the area.
Gardaí have set up traffic diversions and the road is closed between Fairgreen and the Ballyfin Road junction.
One person has been removed to hospital but it is not yet known whether there were serious injuries as a result of the crash.
A garda forensic collision investigation will be carried out at the site and the road is expected to remain closed for some hours.
Gardaí are asking people to use an alternative route while emergency services work at the scene.