Stop occupying the job! 19 PIGS escape on M62 causing 40 minute delay and four miles of traffic as police try to catch runaway animals
- Group of pigs wreaked havoc as they made their way across the M62 in Salford
- Traffic cops armed with brooms were forced to send the pigs onto the road
- Caused four miles of traffic as the teams tried to get them back to their farm
A group of pigs wreaks havoc on the M62 in Salford after they decide to take to the road – causing a 40-minute delay and four miles of traffic.
At least 19 pigs were spotted on highway cameras roaming the inner lane and along the grass verge.
Photos of the scene show traffic cops armed with brooms trying to get the escaped pigs off the road.
A group of pigs caused havoc on the M62 in Salford after they decided to hit the road
The pigs in the road have caused a 40-minute delay and 4 miles of traffic jam as traffic cops try to secure the road
At least 19 pigs were seen on highway cameras roaming the inner lane and along the grass verge
North West Motorway police said the animals were loose between Junctions 12 and 11 eastbound – Eccles and Birchwood Junctions.
Highways England Northwest tweeted: ‘#M62 westbound #J12 (#EcclesInterchange #M60 #M602) to #J11 (#WarringtonEast #Birchwood #A574) traffic has been temporarily halted due to some pigs who are a bit of a hog and won’t move. ‘
The appearance of the cheeky animals meant that all lanes on the highway had to be closed, resulting in a 40-minute delay and four miles of stopped traffic.
“Highways England have Traffic Stopped M62 J12 to J11 Eastbound,” the North West Motorway Police tweeted.
National Highways confirmed just before 11:20 a.m. that the pigs had been successfully moved to their farm.
North West Motorway Police said the animals were loose between Junctions 12 and 11 eastbound – Eccles and Birchwood Junctions
The pigs were stubborn and the M62 still has delays due to their appearance
It comes after traffic was blocked for about an hour and a half after an escaped cow broke through a fence and ran up the M25, causing traffic chaos on Thursday.
The rogue heifer stood counterclockwise in the center of the lane, halting all traffic in both directions.
Highways England officers and the farmer were trying to get the farm animal back into the field next to the highway when vehicles backed up from near Junction 6 at Godstone, Surrey.
Vehicles came to a stop from approximately 12 miles near Merstham, Surrey, to Clacket Lane services near Westerham.
Highways England had to close the M25 in both directions for 90 minutes after a cow broke into the carriageway near Godstone, Surrey
The incident led to 12 miles of traffic jams across Surrey until the farmer was able to retrieve his cow
Highway cameras showed all traffic came to a standstill just after 9am and the cow roamed the road as Highways England tried to redirect it back to the green pastures.
Surrey police said the cow made an attempt to break free just after 8:30 a.m. but officers were not on the scene.
A police spokeswoman said: ‘We were called at 8.35am by a member of the public to warn us that a cow had broken through the fence at Godstone on the M25, counterclockwise between Junctions 7 and 5. Motorways England is handling the incident and is in contact with the farmer.’
Even after the animal was taken away, there was a delay of another half hour due to the backlog in traffic.
Highways England confirmed that the runaway cow was returned to the safe field just after 9.20am.
Traffic was held up after the cow broke down in the middle lane of the highway
A spokeswoman said: ‘A cow left an adjacent field and made its way to the M25 in a counterclockwise direction at 8.36am this morning, between Junctions 6 and 5 at Godstone in Surrey.
‘Traffic officers and the farmer worked together and the cow is back in the field. Traffic has been cleared in both directions.
“Remaining delays of 30 minutes above normal travel time have been reported. The lanes were reopened at 9.23 am.’
A passing motorist wrote on social media: ‘Stuck in traffic #J6 #M25. I think there’s a big animal on the highway.’
While another Twitter user imagined the cow in the middle of the road and added: ‘This is what happens when you travel on the M25. Oh dear.’