A man was rushed to hospital with serious injuries following a crash on the A13 today (Sunday, June 13). 

The smash involved three vehicles and happened between Sadlers Farm and Pitsea at 12.45pm. 

Both sides of the road were closed for a short while to allow an air ambulance to land. 

Police say a man is now in hospital with serious injuries - but they are not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing. 

The Londonbound carriageway has now reopened to all traffic, but there remains delays on the Southend-bound side where the crash happened. 

Officers at the scene reopened one lane initially.

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A police spokesman said: "The Southend-bound carriageway is slowly reopening a lane at a time, but motorists are still urged to avoid the area and make alternative routes where possible."

The road had fully reopened by 4.30pm.

Firefighters from Southend, Grays and Basildon were also called to the scene.

A spokesman for the fire service said three people sustained injuries and firefighters helped paramedics administer first aid. 

They then made the scene safe by 1.30pm.

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One driver told the Echo they were stuck in traffic for around one hour and 40 minutes. 

Photos from the scene showed traffic at a complete standstill and drivers leaving their vehicles.