Drivers stranded on M11 near Harlow for hours due to stray horses on motorway

News / Sun 13th May 2018 am31 07:12am

DRIVERS were stranded on a motorway for more than two hours after 12 horses escaped onto the carriageway.

Police were forced to close the M11 near Harlow on Saturday night while the animals were rounded up.

The motorway was shut in both directions between junctions 6 and 7 from about 23:50 BST, and did not reopen until 02:00.

Eleven of the horses were coaxed back into a field, while the last one was taken away in a horsebox.

Motorists stuck in the traffic took to social media, with many branding it “#M11horsegate”.

Reality TV star Jodie Marsh tweeted she had been caught in queuing traffic, saying: “Just got home after being stuck for over two hours on the #M11 because 12 horses were loose on the motorway.


“It wasn’t too bad actually; we had quite a laugh in the car and we’re assured the horses are safe.”

Former MP Brooks Newmark tweeted that traffic had not moved for two and a half hours and “@HighwaysEngland and @M11Info have been utterly useless keeping us informed as to what is going on. Traffic must be backed up several miles by now. #M11horsegate #M11”.

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1 Comment for Drivers stranded on M11 near Harlow for hours due to stray horses on motorway:

2018-05-13 17:07:45

"Wild, wild horses, couldn't drag me away, wild, wild horses, we'll ride them someday..." always thought I'd get a Rolling Stones reference in one day.

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