A pedestrian has died after being hit by a tanker on rhe M56, police have said.

Cheshire police were called to the M56 between junctions 12 at Runcorn and 14 at Chester at about 5.30am on Monday, a force spokesman said.

He 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 pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

"The driver of the HGV was uninjured and liaised with officers."

The pedestrian, a 50-year-old man from Ellesmere Port, was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed and they are being supported by specialist officers.

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.