Hereford & Worcester

Tewkesbury M5 horsebox crash: Animals rescued

Two horses were rescued by firefighters after the horsebox they were travelling in was involved in a collision on the M5 near Tewkesbury.

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service was called after the horsebox and a lorry collided at about 09.15 GMT, trapping the horses inside.

A spokesperson said: "The horses were entangled in the partition inside the horsebox and their legs were trapped."

A vet was called to the scene and worked with firefighters on the rescue.

Fire crews from Worcester, Upton-upon-Severn and Droitwich Spa used airbags and strops to stabilise the vehicle and an LGV platform to raise firefighters for the operation.

The recovery, near junction 8 northbound, took almost an hour and a half before the horses were released onto a grass verge at the side of the motorway.

Their owner took them away shortly afterwards.

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