A pedestrian has died after being hit by a tanker on a motorway in Cheshire, police have said.
Officers were called to the M56 between junctions 12 and 14 at about 5.30am on Monday, a force spokesman said.
"On arrival it was found that an HGV tanker, travelling in the direction of Runcorn, had been involved in a collision with a pedestrian.
The M56 eastbound was closed following the crash for investigation work but later reopened.
Police advised motorists to avoid the area due to ongoing delays.
Anyone who witnessed the collision, or anyone with any information, should contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting IML-707448.