A MOTORBIKE rider has been left seriously injured after a crash at a major junction on the A127 in Southend.

Emergency crews were called to the A127 at Kent Elms Corner at around 12.15pm on Easter Monday after reports of a crash.

The incident at the junction, which has just undergone a huge overhaul to boost safety, involved a single motorbike, Essex Police said.

It is not clear whether the biker was connected to the “unofficial” Southend Shakedown on the seafront.

The rider was taken to hospital after sustaining a serious chest injury.

Essex Police officers say the biker was also arrested, but did not confirm what he was arrested for.

Daniel Cowan, councillor responsible for the St Laurence ward and leader of Southend Labour, urged any witnesses to come forward.

He said: “It is massively concerning to hear of any tragic incidents and crashes at any junction, in particular Kent Elms.

“A lot of time and effort has gone into making it safe.

“I urge any witnesses to please come forward as it is crucial Essex Police get to the bottom of this.”

The East of England Ambulance Service also attended the crash.

A spokesman said: “We were called just before 12.15pm on Monday 1 April with reports that a motorbike had crashed on the A127.

“An ambulance was sent to the scene and transported the motorcyclist to Southend Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

A spokesman for Essex Police added: “We were called to reports of a collision involving a motorbike on the A127 at Kent Elms Corner at 12.20pm on Monday April 1.

“The rider of the motorbike was taken to hospital having sustained potentially serious chest injuries.

“He was also arrested.

“If you have any information or dash cam footage in relation to this incident, then please get in contact with us.

“Please quote incident 450 of April 1”

Alternatively you can contact the independent crimefighting charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.