THE A13 was closed this morning after two cars crashed.

The vehicles collided on the London-bound carriageway between the Pitsea and Nethermayne junctions.

Firefighters administered basic first aid to five drivers and passengers when they arrived at the scene at about 6.55am.

Three people were taken to Basildon Hospital for futher treatment to suspected spinal injuries, and cuts and bruises.

Their injuries are not thought to be serious.

The road was closed for 40 minutes, before re-opening at 7.25am.