A cyclist has been left with serious injuries after being hit by car.

The crash happened in Essex Way, Benfleet at about noon today.

The road has been closed in both directions near the junction with Grosvenor Road, following the incident.

The man in his 60s was taken to the Royal London Hospital.

Witnesses reported seeing the air ambulance land nearby.

Drivers are facing delays in the area due to the crash.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: "We were called shortly before 11.20am today with reports a cyclist and an Audi A4 were involved in a crash.

"The man, who is aged in his 60s, was taken to the Royal London Hospital by air ambulance with serious injuries."

There is heavy traffic on the A129, on the approach to the road and heavy traffic near Benfleet train station.