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Saturday, 13 October, 2001, 17:13 GMT 18:13 UK
Lorry sheds load of dead sheep
Sheep carcasses on the M50
Two people were injured trying to avoid the accident
Two people have been injured after an accident involving a lorry carrying the carcasses of hundreds of sheep.

The vehicle shed its load on the A417 at Bromsberrow, north Gloucestershire, spilling the bodies onto a carriageway of the M50.

Several minor accidents followed as motorists tried to avoid the carcasses.

The motorway had to be closed in both directions between junctions 1 and 3.

The accident happened at 10.15 BST on Saturday as the lorry crossed the bridge over the M50 at junction 2.

The driver was taking his load from an abattoir in Wales to a meat processing plant in Andover, Hampshire.

PC Simon Edwards, of Gloucestershire Police said: "It was very foggy earlier and the consequences of this could have been unimaginable.

"We could have been looking at a fatal accident scene."

The injured motorists were taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital but were not seriously injured.

Engineers said that the barriers on the bridge were strengthened in the 1980s.

The driver of the lorry escaped unhurt.

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