Latest and updated article here: One man dead and two seriously injured after crash in Hempstead Road

Hempstead Road has been re-opened after being shut for more than 11 hours.

The road was closed following a crash in the early hours of the morning involving a white Audi near Watford Council’s offices just after 5am.

Details of the crash are limited but Hertfordshire Constabulary has confirmed the investigation is being led by the Independent Office of Police Conduct.

The force also said there were three people inside the vehicle - their conditions are currently unknown at this stage.

The road closure left drivers stuck in queues for hours this morning, with motorists caught in gridlock heading into Watford.

Langley Road had been gridlocked in both directions and there were delays in Hempstead Road backing up to Hunton Bridge.

Gammons lane had also been affected by heavy traffic this morning.

West Herts College. Lanchester Community Free School, Watford Library, and The Horns were all shut today with staff, students, and visitors unable to get near the buildings due to a wide police cordon.

But West Herts will re-open for evening classes and Jane Giles, owner of The Horns, said police told her she would be able to open the pub at 5pm.

Police have now left the scene and all cordons have been lifted, with the Audi also being recovered.

The IOPC has been contacted for further information following the incident.