A man died after falling from a motorway bridge on to the road below.
Police were called to the M42 between junctions 3a and 4 in Birmingham at 10.20pm on Friday after reports that a man had fallen on to the northbound carriageway from a bridge.
Despite the efforts of paramedics the man died at the scene, West Midlands Police said. His next of kin has been informed.
The motorway was closed in both directions for a number of hours while officers carried out investigations.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or may have information is asked to call the police road collision investigation department on 101.