THREE people had to be taken to hospital after a rush-hour crash on the A12 saw traffic grind to a halt. 

Emergency services were called to a serious smash between Junction 27 and Junction 28 on the Londonbound carriageway at 7.30am today.

Upon arrival police officers and paramedics established two vehicles had been involved in the crash and three people had suffered injuries.

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said: "We were called just after 7.20am to a road traffic collision on the A12 near Colchester. 

"Three patients were transported to Colchester Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

As a result of the crash, motorists endured heavy traffic congestion throughout the morning while the emergency services worked at the scene.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: "We were called to reports of a collision involving two vehicles on the Londonbound carriageway of the A12 at around 7.30am today.

"The collision happened between Junctions 27 and 28.

"Three people were taken to hospital by colleagues from the ambulance service. Their injuries are not thought to be serious."

Gazette: Leader - Mile End ward councillor David KingLeader - Mile End ward councillor David King (Image: Newsquest)

David King, the leader of Colchester Council and Mile End ward councillor, said: “I am very concerned that we’ve had another accident, this time with injuries on the a12 on the stretch of road where previous accidents have caused long delays and disruption.

“This incident caused disruption to those travelling on that stretch of road this morning.

“I’m sure that Essex Highways and their counterpart will look at the data, location and causes with Essex Police and others to see if there is there anything that can be learned from the condition of the road.

“It’s important we ensure that the roads are as safe as possible.”