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Swans on loose on M6 Toll motorway near Burntwood

Swan on M6 Toll Image copyright CMPG
Image caption Central Motorway Police Group tweeted just after 11:30 GMT urging motorists to bear with them while they tried to remove the swans.

A family of swans forced the closure of a motorway in both directions.

The three birds were spotted roaming on the M6 Toll by junction T6, near Burntwood, at about 11:30 GMT.

Police had to close the northbound and southbound carriageways while they recovered them.

A police spokesman said it was believed the swans had mistaken the motorway for a river. Tailbacks stretched for "less than half a mile", he said. The road was reopened by 12:00.

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Image caption The swans were recovered and the road reopened by 12:00.

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