Gardai in Ballinasloe are appealing for witnesses to a two vehicle fatal collision that occurred at Station Road in the town at approximately 5.40pm yesterday evening.
The collision, close to the railway station in Ballinasloe, claimed the lives of two female pedestrians.
The women, both in their 50s, who were both neighbours and friends and from the locality were walking along the road when they were hit by a car that had collided with another car.
Both women were pronounced dead at the scene and their bodies were taken to Portiuncula Hospital where post mortem examinations are due to take place today.
No one in the cars was injured.
The names of the two friends have not yet been released.
The road was closed while garda technical experts carried out an examination of the scene.
Both well known walkers, the local community is said to be both stunned and deeply saddened by the tragedy.
Gardai are appealing for witnesses to contact Ballinasloe Garda Station on 090 9631890, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.