A passenger has died in a car crash during a police chase in Essex.

The female was in a vehicle being pursued by officers in the early hours of this morning.

The car being followed by police collided with another in an apparent head-on smash, resulting in the fatality.

It happened on the A13 road at around 2.30am in the Essex area.

Police did not give an age for the victim or a description of the vehicles.

Images from the scene showed a severely damaged black car alongside an overturned van on a cordoned off road.

The Metropolitan Police is leading the response to the incident. The watchdog has been made aware and could decide to investigate further.

Essex Police chief superintendent Stuart Hooper said: ‘Shortly after 2.30am this morning, Friday 25 November, a vehicle failed to stop when requested by officers on the A13 in Essex.

‘Officers then remained in the proximity of that vehicle as it travelled on the A13 near Rainham.

‘The vehicle was then involved in a serious collision with another vehicle.

‘Despite the best efforts of officers and medics at the scene, a female passenger in the second vehicle has now died.

‘We are currently working with our colleagues in the Metropolitan Police Service who, at this stage, are leading the response to the incident.

‘As is appropriate, we have made a mandatory referral to the Independent Office of Police Conduct which has declared an independent investigation.’

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