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Updated: Crash blocks southbound A12 in Essex near Witham

It involved five vehicles between junction 21, B1389 (Witham South) and junction 20b B1137. (Archive photo).

It involved five vehicles between junction 21, B1389 (Witham South) and junction 20b B1137. (Archive photo).

The A12 is blocked southbound between Hatfield Peverel and the Boreham Interchange following a three vehicle crash.

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One lane is closed while emergency services deal with the incident on the London-bound carriageway.

Fire crews from Witham and Chelmsford used specialist cutting equipment to free one casualty trapped, while a second person was freed befrore firefighters arrived on scene.

Both were left in the care of paramedics.

The incident involves a black Ford Ka, a blue Ford Ka and a greay Volkswagen Passat.

No-one is thought to be seriously injured at this stage.

Congestion is stretching back to Marks Tey.

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