Eyewitnesses to a major crash on an Essex roundabout have explained how smoke billowed from a car before it suddenly burst into flames.

Smoke began to rise from the car and the woman was dragged from her vehicle by a passerby before it burst into flames.

A witness, who did not wish to be named, said he heard a loud bang near the Hythe Tesco supermarket.

They said, “I didn’t see the accident, but I heard it and [shortly after] I saw that the car had gone over the roundabout and hit the tree.

“People reacted quite quickly – someone pulled up in their car, ran and got the lady out.

“There were three people who went to get her, and they used some kind of [makeshift] sheet to put around it.

Smoke billowed from the car before it burst into flames

The eyewitness added that they were on the phone to report the incident to police before the car burst into flames, after which they passed the information on to emergency services who called a fire truck.

“While I was on the phone the flames started – I told them it didn’t look like the lady was moving, then the flames got very strong.

“I was on the phone [to the emergency services] for five minutes, then the two fire trucks arrived. »

They added: “There was a guy in a Royal Mail uniform who jumped in and was trying to get everything for this woman – he was making sure everyone stayed away [of the accident] because there was a lot of traffic.

“Whoever got him out got him out very quickly, and the firefighters arrived very quickly.

“I was very scared because I was really worried about this woman and I was worried about the people who stopped to help her.”

A woman was then airlifted to the Royal London Hospital for treatment after suffering serious leg injuries.