A police officer was killed after his car crashed on the M6 motorway near Carlisle.
Cumbria Constabulary said the 47-year-old man, who worked for the force’s mobile support group, was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision at about 2pm on Sunday.
The crash, which involved one police vehicle, happened on the southbound carriageway between junctions 44 and 43.
The man was the only occupant of the vehicle, a force spokesman said.
The spokesman added: ‘Specialist officers are supporting his family at this time.’
A witness at the scene told LBC News they had seen a vehicle on fire.
There were also reports the police car crashed into a ditch after veering from the road.
Cumbria Police confirmed no other vehicles were involved.
The motorway was closed in both directions for collision inquiries to be carried out following the incident.
The force said earlier in a statement: ‘Police are currently dealing with a one vehicle road traffic collision on the M6 Southbound between junction 44 and 43.
‘The collision occurred today (Jan 26) at approximately 2pm and involved one police vehicle.
‘The M6 is closed in both directions at junction 44 and 43.
‘The road is likely to be closed for some time while collision inquiries are ongoing, please seek alternative routes.’
Emergency services attended the scene earlier today.