A BIKER died instantly after colliding with a lorry on the A127.
Witnesses claim the motorcyclist - a 43-year-old man from Southend - may have skidded on black ice.
The crash, which happened at 6.40am today closed the London-bound carriageway for more than six hours while police and emergency crews dealt with the scene.
The closure of the busy dual carriageway caused traffic chaos in and around Basildon as motorists desperately tried to find alternative routes.
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