Traffic has reportedly been stopped on the A127 in Southend after a sports car burst into flames.

Photos from a driver in traffic on the major road shows what appears to be a McLaren on fire.

Firefighters were on the scene after the Tesco roundabout working to extinguish the fire, as traffic has been stopped according to the motorist.

Google Maps shows traffic is slow moving in the area and Essex County Council's travel news is reporting the busy road is now closed.

An Essex Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “Firefighters were called to vehicle fire on the A127 Southbound, Southend near to the Tesco roundabout at 1.28pm. 

“On arrival, crews reported a car was on fire and worked to extinguish it by 2pm.”

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