POLICE were forced to direct traffic on the A132 Nevendon Road after a three-vehicle smash earlier this afternoon.
The incident, on Nevenden Road between the A127 and Cranfield Park Road, partially blocked the road.
Congestion formed causing long delays in both directions between Nevendon and the Cranfield Park Road junction but the road is now clear and flowing freely.
Six people were treated by paramedics at the scene of the crash.
Of those six, two were taken to Basildon Hospital, one complaining of neck pain, another of back pain, their injuries were not thought to be serious.