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Thursday, 29 November, 2001, 13:22 GMT
Cows escape on M25
Cows
Motorists were shocked to see cows on the M25
Rush-hour traffic was brought to a standstill after a lorry shed its load of cows on to the M25.

The cattle escaped from a lorry after it was involved in a collision on the motorway at 0730 GMT on Thursday.

Police had the unusual task of herding the cows on to the hard shoulder to try and reopen the road.

The accident happened in the clockwise carriageway at Waltham Cross in Hertfordshire near the junction with the A10.

Cattle freed

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: "On arrival officers discovered an accident involving several vehicles including a lorry carrying livestock.

"A number of cows had freed themselves from the lorry and were wandering on the road.

"London Ambulance Service treated people for shock - the shock of seeing so many cows running across the road."

She said alternative transport for the animals was being arranged.

No people or animals were injured in the collision, said police.

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