A BIKER was taken to hospital with serious injuries after a crash.

The 18-year-old was injured after his grey Yamaha motorbike collided with a white Fiat 500 in Shoebury Common Road.

Police were called shortly before 9.30pm on Tuesday, August 6 to the junction with Maplin Way.

The 18-year-old man, believed to be the driver of the motorbike, was taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

No arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing.

Shoebury resident Lauren Cooke saw the aftermath of the crash.

She said: “There was lots of ambulances and police cars at the scene; the road was completely blocked off.

“The motorcyclist was taken away in an ambulance.

“It was said that none of his injuries were going to change his life, which is a relief.

“My thoughts are with the poor girl driving and her partner for what they had to witness. There isn’t any need to speculate, it looked like a nasty accident.”

Independent councillor Steven Wakefield, who represents Shoebury ward, was also at the scene.

He thanked the “brave” residents who stepped in to help block off the road and direct traffic while paramedics attended the victim.

He said: “When I arrived, there were no police at the scene, just fire engines and the paramedic teams.

“The traffic wasn’t being directed anywhere, but there were about four residents who very kindly stepped into the road and directed traffic around it, blocking it off in some directions so that no one disturbed the emergency workers.

“On behalf of myself and Southend Council I’d like to thank these residents for willingly putting themselves in harm’s way to help the emergency crews.

“It was a very honourable thing to do and I’m sure they will have been grateful.

“I hope the man injured can make a good recovery.”

A spokesman for Essex Police said: “We would like to hear from anyone who has any information about the collision, particularly those with dash cam footage.”

Anyone with information or footage should call the Chigwell Roads Policing Unit on 101 quoting incident 1247 of August 6 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Information can also be passed online at crimestoppers-uk.org.