String quartet plays in traffic jam after panicking horse closes motorway


A string quartet gave an impromptu performance to British drivers on a gridlocked British motorway after a panicking horse in a trailer brought traffic to a standstill.

Sadly, the horse had to be euthanized.

Traffic on the M5 was brought to a standstill on Saturday afternoon after the panicking horse smashed a hole in the side of its trailer and managed to turn around after dislodging the centre partition.

Its actions became so violent that the trailer was in danger of overturning before the driver stopped on the roadside.

Traffic was halted amid fears the horse’s attempts to escape the trailer might prove successful.

The decision was made to euthanise the horse.

As the drama played out, traffic backed up along the M5.

A group of musicians on their way back from performing at a wedding in Devon decided to stage an impromptu roadside performance.

The string quartet performed the well known classical piece, Canon in D Major by Johann Pachelbel.

Their performance was captured by onlookers and has been posted to several channels on YouTube.

A member of the quartet, Alison Gillies, 37, of Bristol, who plays the cello, told local media that they had been caught in the traffic snarl-up and one of the quartet had jokingly suggested they play. “We thought, ‘why not?'”

Motorists near them – between junctions 26 and 27 on the Somerset-Devon border near Taunton – gathered around to enjoy the performance.

Another quartet member, Lu Jeffery, 31, of Portishead, near Bristol, said: “It was a lovely moment; one the quartet will treasure.”

The performance was well received, before the motorway was finally reopened.

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