M40 BROUGHT TO A STAND­STILL

Trailer over­turned to cause chaos on mo­tor­way

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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

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LENGTHY DE­LAYS: Se­vere de­lays were caused by an es­caped horse on the M40 near Bea­cons­field

Photo by Wil­liam Thavenot

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AC­CI­DENT: The over­turned trailer on the M40

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