The driver of a lorry which crashed into barriers on the M56 this morning has died, police have confirmed.
Part of the motorway remains closed, following the incident, which happened at 10.15 this morning, after the HGV collided with barriers on the Weaver Viaduct before coming to rest on the embankment below.
A statement from Cheshire police said the driver suffered injuries which were fatal at the scene. Officers are still in the process of contacting next of kin.
Emergency services, including fire crews from Widnes and Runcorn have been on the scene at junction 12 on the Westbound carriageway since this morning, and although the Highways Agency have managed to open up lane 3 past the scene of the incident, congestion remains significant in the area as crews work to recover the lorry, repair the barriers and clear the carriageway of fuel spillage.
Motorists, particularly those planning to travel towards Chester or North Wales on the M56, are strongly advised to plan an alternative route or to delay their journey.
Meanwhile, police are continuing to appeal for witnesses and are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen anything which will assist the collision investigation.
If you can help, contact Cheshire police on the non emergency number 101, quoting incident number 211 of 12/08/2014.
Cheshire police have also thanked motorists who have been caught up in the congestion, for their patience, and advised people to contact them in a non-emergency situation, if the delays have led them to experience any welfare issues.
Contractors clearing the debris from the embankment following the accident: