A PEDESTRIAN is in a critical condition in hospital after a collision involving a car on a busy road in Colchester.

The accident took place in Lexden Road, just before 2.35am on Sunday morning.

A man in his 40s suffered potentially life-changing injuries following the crash.

His condition has been described by police as critical but stable.

The road was closed in both directions by police whilst emergency services worked at the scene.

Inspector Rob Brettell, who works for the force's serious collision investigation unit, tweeted at 5am to appeal for dash cam footage from the public in order for the police to determine the circumstances surrounding the collision.

He said: "At the scene of a serious injury collision in Lexden Road, Colchester with the Essex Roads Policing Unit – North.

“Pedestrian and a vehicle involved. Were you in the area around 2.30am? Have you got any dashcam?

“If so, please contact 101 – road is currently closed.”

The road remained closed for several hours whilst investigations work continued.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: “It is believed that a silver Hyundai i30 and a pedestrian were involved in the incident.

“The pedestrian, aged in his 40s, has been taken to hospital with injuries that may be life-changing.

"He is in critical but stable condition.

“The driver of the Hyundai, a man in his 20s, remained on scene and is assisting us with our enquiries. No arrests have been made.”

A diversion route was implemented however the road fully reopened and police left the scene at around 9am on Sunday.

Anyone with information about this incident, or who lives nearby and has CCTV or dash cam footage that may assist with our enquiries, is asked to call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting 123 of 31/03.

You can also report to Crimestoppers in complete confidence on 0800 555 111.