AN elderly woman is being treated by paramedics after falling in front of a van.

Passersby said the woman, in her 80s, was walking along High Road, Benfleet near the Appleton School at around 3pm, when she tripped and fell in the road.

An ambulance and emergency response car are on the scene now.

An Essex Police spokeswoman said: "Police were called to High Road, Benfleet following reports of an elderly woman falling in the road."

Updates to follow.