A LANE of the A13 was blocked after a crash involving three vehicles just after the Pitsea flyover.
The smash happened at about 5.45pm on the London-bound side of the dual carriageway when a car went into the central reservation barrier.
Two other vehicle then crashed into it causing a lane blockage and delays along the road.
Queues also built up on neighbouring roads including Cranes Farm Road in Basildon and along the A130 towards the Fairglen Interchange.
The vehicles were recovered and the lane reopened just after 7.30pm.