25 cows herded from M5 at Burnham after two-hour closure
loose herd of 25 cows caused huge disruption when they appeared
on the M5 motorway between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston on Tuesday
evening (November 7th).
England shut the motorway at juist before 6pm and several miles
of queues built up along the northbound and southbound carriageways
between junction 22 for Burnham and junction 21 for Weston.
was halted in both directions for almost two hours while "a
number of animals" were rounded up and then safely removed
from the lanes.
Jonathan Keam, who was caught in the incident, said: "Between
Sedgemoor and Bristol on the M5 north I came across about 25 friesian
cows - young ones - on the motorway."
AA van slowed the traffic and then the Truro football club team
coach and a Wrings lorry created a block for safety."
the watchful eye of Police and Highways England officers, the animals
were herded along the carriageway towards Sedgemoor Services by
helpers where they were removed.
the video here, you can hear the farm hands apologising to motorists
as they moved the cattle along the hard shoulder.
motorway was closed from 5.55pm. The southbound carriageway re-opened
at 8pm and the northbound carriageway re-opened at 8.15pm.