A man has died following an incident that has left part of a major road in Cornwall closed in both directions for several hours, it has been confirmed.
Devon and Cornwall Police has issued on an update on the incident on the A30 in Launceston which has been ongoing since around 5.25am today (August 14).
Traffic monitoring website Inrix reports that queues of traffic are around four miles long following the closure between the A388 Western Road (Pennygillam) and A388 (Liftondown).
In a statement, the force announced that a man has died.
A spokesperson said: “Emergency services remain in attendance on the A30 at Launceston where the man has sadly been confirmed deceased. His next of kin have been informed.
“The road remains closed in both direction whilst emergency services are at the scene. Enquiries remain ongoing.”
Diversions have been set up around the incident with motorists being advised to the M5, A38, A361 and A39 if they plan on entering or leaving Cornwall today.
“Motorists are urged to avoid the area and use diversions which have been put in place,” a police spokesperson said.
“Where possible please avoid this area as significant travel disruption is expected.”
Many motorists have said that traffic is gridlocked and that sniffer dogs have been spotted around the scene.
The latest updates from the incident can be found on our blog here.