A LORRY driver was airlifted to hospital after a crash on the A12 left him trapped in his cab.

The collision involved an articulated lorry collided and a skip hire lorry and another HGV which were both parked in the layby near the Boreham junction of the southbound A12.

The crash happened at about 11am on Tuesday, May 8, and it caused traffic chaos after the road was closed.

The northbound carriageway also had to be closed, between the Boreham and Sandon junctions, to allow the Essex Air Ambulance to land.

The road was initially partially reopened but the incident caused delays for about two-and-a-half-hours for thousands of motorists.

Fire crews from Chelmsford and Great Baddow were called to cut the lorry driver free which they managed after about 40 minutes.

A spokesman for the ambulance service confirmed an ambulance, rapid response vehicle and air support were all sent to the scene.

A spokesman for Essex Police confirmed the cause of the crash will be investigated.

The lorry driver’s injuries are not life threatening.