TWO cars crashed in Westcliff earlier today.

The smash took place on Prittlewell Chase near its junction with Westbourne Grove.

Firefighters from Leigh and Southend rushed to assist at the scene around 11.40am.

They waited with a man who was trapped by his injuries before handing him over to the ambulance service.

A spokesman for the ambulance service said: "We took a man in his mid 40s to Southend Hospital with chest pain."