A BROKEN down lorry left one lane of the A13 Southend-bound blocked for over six hours earlier today.

A blue Scania tipper lorry shed its tyre around 8am near to the A128 junction at Orsett. The incident caused delays and slow moving traffic between Stanford-le-Hope and the Five Bells Interchange.

The lorry was cleared and the blocked lane reopened shortly before 2.30pm.