Firefighters had to free a man from his car after he crashed into a traffic light on Victoria Gateway this morning.

The male, believed to be in his 30s, smashed into the lights whilst driving his Nissan Note car at about 1.20am.

Crew members from Southend fire station had to cut off the roof of the car to free the driver, who was described as hurt but conscious.

Paramedics placed the man on a spinal board as they feared he had back injuries before taking him to Southend Hospital.