TWO people were taken to hospital following a crash in South Benfleet.

A 71-year-old woman who suffered leg injuries and a 19-year-old woman were taken to Southend Hospital after the crash in Essex Way.

Two fire crews from Rayleigh Weir were called to the scene to free the 71-year-old from the car she was trapped in.

A black Peugeot 406 and a blue Vauxhall Corsa were in collision on Essex Way at 1.20pm on Wednesday (April 18).

The road was closed after the accident and was not re-opened until the evening following police investigation.

Police are appealing for witnesses following the accident.

Any witnesses are asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101 or email