A man has died following a two vehicle road traffic collision on South Hill, the B1007, at Langdon Hills, near Basildon.
Police were called by the ambulance service shortly after 4.25pm yesterday to reports that a green Fiat Punto and a white Renault Kangoo panel van had been in collision on the road while travelling in opposite directions.
Paramedics and fire fighters also attended and the road was shut for four and a quarter hours while emergency services dealt with the crash.
The driver of the Fiat, believed to be a 26-year-old man from Basildon, was taken to Royal London Hospital for treatment but sadly died.
The driver of the van was taken to hospital in Basildon for treatment to minor injuries before being released.
Police are carrying out further enquiries to establish the cause of the collision. Anyone who saw what happened or has any other information is asked to call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org