Update: 1600 hrs
A man has sadly died following a collision in Orsett this morning, Monday 5 October.
Police were contacted shortly after 4am to the A128 Brentwood Road at its junction with the B188 in Orsett, where a red Peugeot 308 taxi and a black BMW X5 had collided.
Sadly the taxi driver, a 65-year-old man from Grays, died at the scene. He was the only occupant in the car.
The driver of the BMW left the scene before emergency services arrived. The car was left behind.
The road was closed until around 12.30pm while forensic examination work was carried out.
A police spokesperson said: “We are continuing our search for the driver of the BMW and anyone else who may have been in that car.
“We have been progressing our enquiries throughout the day and would like to speak to anyone who saw the collision and saw anyone leaving the scene.
“We’d also like to speak to drivers who were in the area at the time and saw a black BMW X5 before the collision, or saw anyone on foot or who may have been picked up by a vehicle in the area of Conways Road at around the time”.
Anyone with information or dash cam footage is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101 or email CollisionAppeal@essex.pnn.police.ukquoting incident number 99 of 5 October.
You can also report online at https://www.essex.police.uk
Alternatively, you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or https://crimestoppers-uk.org
ESSEX Police are currently at the scene of a serious road traffic collision involving two vehicles which will cause significant disruption to motorists this morning, Monday 5 October.
A black BMW X5 and a red Peugeot were involved in a collision which was reported just after 4am this morning and happened on the A128 Brentwood Road at its junction with the B188 in Orsett.
It’s estimated the road will be closed until around midday today and motorists are advised to avoid the area and find alternative routes.
Investigating officers are particularly appealing for the driver of an HGV which may have briefly stopped following the collision to get in touch.
Additionally anyone who witnessed the collision or who has dash cam footage of it should also get in contact. We are also keen to hear from anyone who saw a black BMW X5 driving erratically before the collision at 4am.