THREE people had to be taken to hospital after a serious smash on Mersea Island. 

Emergency services including police, paramedics and firefighters were called to reports of a crash in The Strood at about 1.40pm on Friday. 

As a result of the incident the road became blocked in both directions between Mersea Road and East Mersea Road, resulting in congestion.

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulances said: "We sent three ambulances and an ambulance officer vehicle.

"Three people were taken to Colchester Hospital for further care."

Essex Police has confirmed no arrests were made.