The road across from Plasterfield and Mossend towards Sandwick Road and Seaforth Road in Stornoway was closed completely by police from early this morning (Sunday February 17th).
An officer and a police vehicle were blocking the entrance at each end of the link road. The road was closed before 8am. It finally reopened as night fell, just before 6pm.
It is understood that a road accident took place overnight on that section of road. It's believed the victim was found by a passing driver who alerted the emergency services.
The procedure being followed by police would indicate that someone has been seriously injured or worse, but no information has been made officially available as yet.
Police are expected to make a statement in the morning.
A specialist team of police was flown in from Inverness and part of the road was cordoned off with incident tape.
Locally, it is believed the incident involved a motorcycle rider. A motorcycle was heard in the area overnight.
(This story has been updated on several occasions since first being posted at midday)