Emergency services are on the scene after a lorry burst into flames in on the A13 near Grays this evening (November 10).
The road has been forced to close in both directions following the blaze.
Motorists have been urged to avoid the area and make alternative travel arrangements where possible.
The closure is expected to be in place until the early hours of tomorrow morning (November 11).
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, and Essex Police are on the scene dealing with the incident.
The cause of the fire is not yet known.
This is an ongoing incident and any updates will be posted in the live blog below.