A MAN has been left with lifechanging injuries after colliding with a car. 

The pedestrian was airlifted to hospital after the crash, which happened in London Road, Westcliff, shortly before 7.30pm last night. 

The man, aged in his 50s, was crossing the road near Chalkwell Park when the incident happened. 

Louise Dosser, 31, who lives near where the crash took place, described the scene.

The mum-of-four said: “I had my windows open as I live above the shop opposite Chalkwell Park.

“I heard a massive loud bang and I immediately jumped up and saw the woman come out of her car.

“She went to go to the man that had been knocked by the vehicle near the lights.

“I had watched from there on as lots of people were rushing to his aid.

“There was a lot of pedestrians and emergency services there helping.

“It was really worrying to see. I just hope to hear he is OK and I’m thinking of his family."

She added: “I heard the emergency services say he has a broken arm and leg.

“He also must have other life-changing injuries as it took them about an hour and 15 mins to move him to be airlifted.”

Two ambulances and an air ambulance were sent to the scene and police officers closed the road in both directions between Chalkwell Avenue and Leigh Road.

This caused some disruption for motorists heading in and out of Southend and bus routes were diverted while the closure was in place.

The man was airlifted to hospital with injuries described by Essex Police as “life-changing” but the nature of the injuries are not known at this time.

Essex Police are appealing for information or for anyone who witnessed the crash to get in touch.

No arrests have been made.

If you saw anything or have dash cam footage we need you to call our Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting incident 1076 of 8 July or email CollisionAppeal@essex.pnn.police.uk.

Alternatively, share information with independent crimefighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can also share information online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.