A THREE-VEHICLE crash in Pitsea has left motorists injured and caused tailbacks in the surrounding area.

Police and the ambulance service were called to the incident on Pitsea Road, heading towards Tesco, shortly before 6pm this evening.

Police are still on the scene and three people are being taken to Basildon Hospital with injuries, none of which are thought to be life threatening.

A passing motorist said: "It looked like a 4x4 had gone into the side of what looked like a Mercedes.

"The Mercedes was quite heavily damaged on the side.

"The 4x4 then looked like it had gone head-on into another car on the other side of the road."