A MAN is in a critical condition following a serious crash in Southend.

The crash in Eastern Avenue at the roundabout with Sutton Road was first reported by Essex Traffic Control.

A motorcycle and a blue BMW One Series were involved in the incident.

Essex Police confirmed that the rider involved in the crash suffered a serious head injury and is now in a life-threatening condition.

An Essex and Herts Air Ambulance was dispatched to fly the rider involved straight to hospital.

The man, who has not been named or aged was taken to the Royal London Hospital for treatment.

Police arrived at the scene at around 1.25pm, where they found the blue BMW’s front bumper had been crushed having hit the central reservation, near to a pedestrian crossing.

A further two ambulance vehicles and a rapid response vehicle were also at the scene quickly after it was first reported.

The junction between Eastern Avenue and Sutton Road was blocked following the accident.

The Echo contacted the East of England Ambulance Service, following the incident.

A spokesman said: “We received a call at 1.18pm on Monday May 21 to reports of a road traffic incident involving a car and a cyclist in Sutton Road, Southend.

“The East of England Ambulance Service Trust dispatched an ambulance officer two ambulance crews and Essex and Herts Air Ambulance to the scene where they treated a man.

“The man is in a critical condition and is being taken to The Royal London Hospital by air for further care.”

Two people have since been arrested and are now in custody for questioning, following the incident in Eastern Avenue.

The condition of the man following the incident is unknown.

An Essex Police spokesman said: “The road has been closed to traffic and we would advise people to avoid the area.

“We urge anyone with information or dash cam footage to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team on 101 quoting incident 517 of 21/05 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”