Man injured in A12 smash

A MAN was airlifted to hospital in a critical condition this morning after he was involved in a four-car accident on the A12 in Essex.

A MAN was airlifted to hospital in a critical condition this morning after he was involved in a four-car accident on the A12 in Essex.

The crash happened at about 8.30am close to the Galleywood junction on the London-bound carriageway of the busy trunk road.

The 20-year-old man was taken by air ambulance to Queen's Hospital in Romford suffering from serious injuries.

Several other people were taken to hospital. These included a 21-year-old woman with back and knee injuries, a 34-year-old woman with shoulder, back and neck injuries and a man suffering from shock.

They were all taken to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, along with at least three members of a family suffering from minor injuries.

The two women were freed from their vehicles by firefighters using specialist cutting equipment.

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Crews from Witham, Colchester and two from Chelmsford went to the scene as motorists faced lengthy queues.

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said paramedics attending the scene were assisted by an off-duty nurse and a passing Thames Ambulance Service vehicle.

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