DRIVERS suffered long delays as they battled to get home in rush hour after a car overturned at the notorious Sadlers Farm roundabout.

Emergency services, including fire crews from Rayleigh Weir and Basildon, raced to the scene just after 5pm following reports of a serious multi-vehicle crash and that a man was trapped in his car after it ended up on its roof.

However, once emergency services arrived it was established that it was not as serious as first feared.

An East of England Ambulance Service spokeswoman said two cars and two vans were involved in the crash.

She said: “One man in his 50s was the only patient, he sustained minor injuries and was not taken to hospital.”

Firefighters made sure the man’s vehicle was stable and the driver managed to get himself out, he did not need to be cut out of the car.

The roundabout was blocked between the B1464 London Road and the A130 with traffic queuing on all approaches, causing rush hour misery for hundreds of motorists.

A 25-year old driver, who did not want to be named, was delayed by almost half an hour trying to get home to Basildon from Canvey.

She said: “The police had closed the lane off the roundabout heading into Benfleet and directed all traffic towards the Chelmsford bound A130.

“It’s really annoying when these things happen in rush hour because all you want to do is get home after a long day at work, particularly in winter when it’s dark and cold.

“I’m glad no one was seriously hurt, but it’s so frustrating when there’s a crash at Sadlers because it just has such a knock-on effect on all routes around it.”