A man has died following a crash on South Hill 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 died.
The driver of the van was taken to hospital in Basildon for treatment to minor injuries before being released.
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A fourth teenage boy has been arrested in connection with the murder of a man in Essex last weekend.
30-year-old Vilson Meshi was found in a burnt-out car which was parked on the Buckerills housing estate in Basildon last Saturday.
A 16-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
He's now been bailed, along with three other teenagers who were arrested on Wednesday.
Three boys have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a body was found in a burnt out car in Essex.
Vilson Meshi, 30, was found dead in a vehicle in Pincey Mead in Basildon on Saturday, February 27.
Two 16-year-old boys and a 15-year-old boy, all from Basildon, were arrested last night and taken into police custody where they remain.
Police have officially named the man who was found dead in a burnt out car in Essex.
He was 30 year-old Vilson Meshi, formely of Pincey Mead in Basildon but he'd recently been living in Manchester.
His body was found in a grey Audi parked on the Buckerills housing estate in Basildon on Saturday 27th February. A post-mortem examination showed he died as a result of smoke inhalation.
The enquiry has now become a murder investigation.
Police have launched a murder inquiry after a man's body was found in a fire damaged car in Basildon at the weekend.
Officers made the gruesome discovery on Saturday teatime when they found the man's body inside a grey Audi which was parked on the Buckerills housing estate. A post mortem examination found the victim died of smoke inhalation.
"This happened in a residential neighbourhood so I am hopeful someone will have seen or heard something. The vehicle has internal fire damage so I'm keen to speak to anyone who might have seen the vehicle or spotted anyone acting suspiciously in the area."
Victoria Lampard sent us this report from the scene of the crime..