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Van plunges into Southend underpass
A VAN driver ran off after he crashed through barriers and plunged 40ft into an underpass.
The silver Aveco panel van drove out of Southchurch Road, Southend, and careered straight into the Queensway underpass landing nose first.
It rolled onto the driver’s side on the central reservation and the man clambered out of the passenger door. He then ran off towards the Seaway car park.
One resident, who didn’t want to be named, described hearing a loud bang at about 2.45am this morning.
Police closed the road until 7.30am while recovery and investigation work took place.
A crane was used to lift the van off the central reservation.
Police are continuing to investigate and are searching for the driver. Anyone with information should call 101.
Full story, pictures and reaction in tomorrow's Echo.