Trapped horse sparks closure of Britain’s M6 motorway

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Firefighters works to free the horse. They even built a wooden ramp to allow the sedated animals to walk safely to freedom. Photos: West Midlands Fire Service
Firefighters works to free the horse. They even built a wooden ramp to allow the sedated animals to walk safely to freedom. Photos: West Midlands Fire Service

Traffic came to a halt on a major British motorway on Friday after a horse got stuck in its transporter.

The animal was successfully cut free by the Technical Rescue Unit of the West Midlands Fire Service.

Fire crews also built a makeshift ramp from wood so the horse, which had been sedated by a vet, could be safely removed from the horsebox on the M6.

The horse was transferred to another horsebox for removal.

A fire service spokesman said: “It has been transferred to Wolverhampton Racecourse. We understand the horse is fine now.”

Police closed the motorway in both directions between junctions 10 and 10a shortly after midday as the horse was becoming distressed from its predicament.

Long queues of traffic built up in both directions during the hour-long closure.

The fire service kept motorists updated on Twitter, finally declaring: “Good news! Horse is free! #M6 now open again in both directions and horse now being checked. Traffic delays in area.”

The horse reportedly got caught in an internal barrier.

The horse was said to be fine after his ordeal.
The horse was said to be fine after his ordeal.

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