Police were called to the scene at 6pm yesterday to investigate a body found lying in the middle of the M20 carriageway. Police have closed part of the M20, between junctions 9 and 10, after an "unexplained" death near Ashford. The body is understood to have been discovered by commuters driving home from work, and there has been no information about whether the discovery is being treated as an accident as yet. There is no obvious explanation for how the person came to be lying in the middle of the road, and the victim remains unidentified.
The motorway is used as a link to the Channel Tunnel and ports from London, and cruiseline company P&O Ferries have already tweeted to warn passengers to take an alternative route to the crossing. The carriageway is expected to remain closed until at least lunchtime on Wednesday and officers continue to investigate the area. Official advice from Highways England has advised drivers heading towards the capital to leave the motorway at junction 10 for Ashford to avoid the "very serious incident" - and rejoin at junction 9 for Canterbury. Police are appealing for any possible witnesses to come forward if they think they might have seen something.