MOTORISTS have been urged to avoid the A12 at Chelmsford this morning after a lorry overturned  and bricks were shed on the carriageway.

The road has been closed both ways at the Chelmsford bypass at junction 16 (Galleywood).

Tailbacks are as far as junction 20 at Hatfield Peverel.

Fire fighters were called to the incident at 6.30am after the lorry driver was trapped.

He was released after an hour.