A MAN is critically ill in hospital following a road crash in Tilbury last night.

The 72-year-old, who lives locally, reportedly lost control of his car while travelling along Fort Road at 7pm.

His silver Vauxhall Astra flipped and he sustained a variety of serious injuries. He was taken to Royal London Hospital by paramedics where he is currently in a critical, but stable condition.

A section of the road was closed for approximately five hours while police tried to identify the cause of the crash.

Police are urging any witnesses to come forward and contact the Collision Investigation Unit on 01245 240590 or email collisionappeal@essex.pnn.police.uk