Horse rescued by firefighters

A horse was trapped inside its box on the motorway
A horse was trapped inside its box on the motorway

FIRE crews freed a horse which had become entangled in its box whilst travelling on the M6.

Firefighters from Leigh were called to the M6 northbound between junction 26 and 27 following reports a horse had got stuck behind a bar in its box at 10.30am on Sunday.

They used hand tools to release the animal, which was not hurt.

Firefighter John Grindrod, of Leigh Fire Service, said: “There was a brace inside the horse box and it managed to jump over it with its front legs and got entangled with a bar it is supposed to stay behind. As the driver slowed down, the horse flew forward and went inside the back of the trailer and was trapped.

“The horse had just had an operation on its leg and was on its way back home to Clitheroe from Liverpool. We used hand tools to move the bar and free the horse which was thankfully okay. The owner was quite distressed.”