Highways England officers have had to rescue four horses that had made their way onto the M6 in Staffordshire.
Motorists and Staffordshire Police blocked the road while Highways England traffic officers corralled the horses off the southbound carriageway between junction 15 for Stoke-on-Trent and junction 14 for Stafford shortly after 6.30am this morning.
Highways England traffic officer, Fiona Mackenzie said: “Safety is our number one priority and it was certainly an unexpected event. We’re grateful to the motorists on both carriageways for working with us in this challenging situation, and following our instructions to keep everyone safe.
“Thankfully the horses are now out of harm’s way and this is one story that has a happy ending.”
The horses were escorted off the road at Yarnfield with the three traffic officer crews using their vehicles to form a block preventing the animals from getting back onto the road.
A nearby farmer has agreed to keep the horses in his field until the animals can be reunited with their owner.
The southbound carriageway fully opened shortly after 7.15am with traffic on the northbound side released once the animals left the road.