Police appeal over ‘serious collision’ on A120 near Braintree

Police closed a stretch of the A120 on Thursday night (November 16) after a multi-vehicle crash. The collision westbound happened at just before 6.30pm and involved "a number of vehicles", Essex Police said.

At 9pm the busy route remained closed from the Notley Green roundabout to Dunmow[1] South. It led to traffic congestion in the area as drivers found alternative routes.

Police said officers were working to release traffic caught in the queues. Officers are appealing for witnesses to the crash to get in touch.

Essex Police said: "We were called to the incident shortly before 6pm, which involved a number of vehicles. The westbound carriageway has been closed and we expect it will be closed into this evening as our investigation progresses.

"We would ask that all motorists currently stationary in queues do not try to find a way to leave the area. Officers are working to release all traffic safely. A number of people have already come forward to give us their account of the incident.

"We would encourage anyone who is yet to come forward to please do so. We need anyone who witnessed the incident, has dash cam footage of it or has any information to get in touch.

"You can let us know by submitting a report on our website or by using our online Live Chat service[4] available Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) between 10am-9pm. Alternatively, you can call us on 101. Please cite crime incident 875 of 16 November."

Traffic information service Inrix said: "Road closed and queueing traffic due to police incident on A120 Westbound from A131 / B1256 (Notley Green Roundabout) to Dunmow South."

Essex County Council's Essex Travel service on X said: "A120 Both Directions– Closed between the A131 (Panners Farm) and the B1008 (Great Dunmow) following an accident by Sorrell’s Farm. Long delays."

It said there was also slow traffic on the B1256 through Rayne village due to the closure of the A120.


  1. ^ Dunmow (www.essexlive.news)
  2. ^ Two emus escape owners and wander into vet's car park in Purleigh (www.essexlive.news)
  3. ^ Police launch A12 investigation after collision leaves driver injured (www.essexlive.news)
  4. ^ online Live Chat service (www.essex.police.uk)