Pigs cause traffic chaos on M62 after escaping from nearby field and wandering onto motorway

19 pigs caused havoc on the M62 after they wandered onto the carriageway, blocking all westbound traffic today (September 11).

Saturday, 11th September 2021, 12:21 pm
Updated Saturday, 11th September 2021, 12:24 pm

The pigs managed to break through a fence before meandering on the westbound carriageway between junctions 12 (Eccles Interchange) and 11 (Birchwood Interchange).

The motorway was blocked from around 10.15am to 11am while traffic officers worked to move the pigs back to their field.

A spokesman for National Highways said: "Traffic has been temporarily stopped due to a number of pigs which are being a bit of a swine and won't move."

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Motorists were warned to add an extra 45 minutes to their journeys as four miles of stationary traffic built on the carriageway.

Once the pigs were returned back to their field, officers reopened two out of three lanes while they secured the fence.

The motorway fully reopened at approximately 11.20am and congestion has eased in the area.

19 pigs caused havoc on the M62 after they wandered onto the carriageway. (Credit: National Highways)

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Motorists were warned to add an extra 45 minutes to their journeys. (Credit: National Highways)
Once the pigs were returned back to their field, officers made sure the fence was secure. (Credit: National Highways) (Credit: National Highways)