A horse singlehandedly brought both sides of the M62 from Birstall to Tingley to a standstill when it leapt into the motorway from a field.

 

Olivia Wynn took this unbelievable picture from the passenger seat of the car she was driving back from York in with her mum, Deborah just by junction 27 near Birstall.

All lanes were affected for almost one hour when the dare devil animal hurtled through a fence near junction 28 in Tingley and attempted to travel the wrong way along the east-bound side at 5:05pm.

Then in a moment where it perhaps confused itself for a chicken, it jumped over the central reservation into the west bound lane and ran at least three miles up the motorway to Birstall.

In a Twitter alert, West Yorkshire Police RPU, who were called to the scene following calls from several bewildered motorists, said that it was 'running all over the place' and warned drivers to be careful.

Miraculously, it escaped uninjured after police officers stopped lanes and slowed traffic until they were able to approach the horse and return it to its home.

Deborah, who lives in Rochdale and posted the picture to Twitter, said: "Not what you expect to see on the M62.

"It was a bit scary to say the least."

They are now trying to arrange for repairs to be made to the fence to prevent it from escaping again.

No passengers or vehicles were hurt in the bizarre incident but delays are expected to continue until traffic has eased.

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