An accident involving five vehicles caused tailbacks on the London-bound A12 near Hatfield Peverel this morning.

A black Volkswagen Polo, a silver Vauxhall Astra, a black BMW, a blue Volkswagen Golf and a silver Ford Transit van were involved in the crash just past junction 20A shortly after 9am.

The road was closed until 10am.

An East of England Ambulance spokesman said that two people were treated for minor injuries and neither required hospital treatment. 

An earlier accident in the same area which happened shortly before 7.30am was cleared by 8.30am.