A30 closed by police incident near Launceston: one man has died

One person has died following a serious incident on the A30 earlier this morning. 

Police have given an update in the last few minutes to say that a man has been confirmed deceased and his next of kin have been informed.

It comes after they said earlier that one person had sustained “serious multiple injuries” in the incident. 

Emergency services remains on the A30 at Launceston, where the road remains closed on the eastbound side. 

As of 2pm lane one of the A30 westbound has reopened, with the second lane currently remaining sut.  

A police spokesperson said: “Emergency services were called to the A30 near Launceston at around 5.20am today following reports of the body of a man located on the eastbound carriageway.

“Where possible please avoid this area as significant travel disruption is expected.”

Highways England South West has also put out a warning asking people to find alternative ways into the county.

The closure is between the Pennygillam and Lifton junctions in the Launceston area.

Highways England said: “This is due to a Devon and Cornwall Police led incident and ongoing investigation work.

“The closure is likely to remain in place until the early afternoon.”

Falmouth Packet:

Google Maps shows the affected area and surrounding congestion in dark red lines

Traffic is being diverted off to the A30 to follow local roads through Launceston.

Road users travelling from further afield to and from the south west may wish to use the A38, said the roads authority.

There is approximately 1.5 miles of slow moving traffic on the approaches to both closure points, with local roads around Launceston also said to be heavily congested.

Highways England is advising drivers to consider delaying journeys or use alternative routes such as:

• M5 and A38 via Plymouth.

• A361 and A39 along the north coast of Devon and Cornwall.

The authority added: “Road users are advised to plan their journeys in advance, and allow extra time.”

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