M40 BROUGHT TO A STANDSTILL
Trailer overturned to cause chaos on motorway
MOTORISTS faced severe delays when a horse escaped on to the M40 after an accident.
The incident took place on the motorway near Beaconsfield on Sunday, just after 3pm, when a horsebox trailer carrying two animals tipped.
One of the horses was trapped in the box but the other got out and jumped over the central reservation onto the southbound carriageway.
Cars had to stop to avoid the animal, while people got out of their vehicles and attempted to control the horse.
Fire crews from Beaconsfield, High Wycombe, Gerrards Cross and Amersham attended the scene and eventually managed to catch the horse and calm it down by the side of the road.
The other animal in the horsebox was injured in the accident, but both were later said to be safe and well.
The incident resulted in the M40 being closed in both directions while the problem was attended to, with drivers being stuck for up to three hours.
Tweets during the incident showed people out of their cars attempting to find out what was happening, and using the time to sunbathe on their vehicles, and even play football on the northbound side of the road, which was empty of traffic while the accident was being dealt with.
Twitter user Liz Beswick posted: “The #M40 is curently gridlocked both sides due to horses running down the motorway. Not ideal,” while
HOLD-UP KEEPY-UPPIES: People play football on the M40 while waiting for the motorway to reopen Samantha Barrow wrote: “Stuck in standstill traffic on #M40... apparently there is a horse loose on the #motorway #not fun.”
Megan Lindsay tweeted to express concern for the horse, saying: “Hope the horse in the overturned trailer on the #m40 is OK! Not nice!”
Police and fire fighters asked drivers to be patient during the incident, while they used hydraulic equipment to free the trapped animal.
Officers said that both horses had to be sedated in order to keep them calm during the rescue, but that they were both “safe and well”.
SAFE AGAIN: The escaped horse after being secured
LENGTHY DELAYS: Severe delays were caused by an escaped horse on the M40 near Beaconsfield
ACCIDENT: The overturned trailer on the M40