SAND in the road is causing chaos for drivers in a seaside town before the end of the school day.

Essex County Council's traffic control team says Church Road, Brightlingsea, is closed in both directions at Manor House Way because of a broken down lorry.

The incident happened outside the Colne Community School and College.

An eyewitness claims to have seen the lorry lose a wheel before shedding some of the sand it was carrying onto the road.

Essex Police is understood to be at the scene and has been contacted for further information.