Traffic stopped on M62 after cow makes its way onto motorway

Traffic has been stopped on the M62 near Simister Island after a cow escaped from a farm and wandered on to the motorway this morning (July 24).

Friday, 24th July 2020, 8:07 am
Updated Friday, 24th July 2020, 9:04 am
The M62 westbound is shut between J19 and J18 after a cow escaped from a nearby farm and has made its way onto the motorway

The M62 has been shut westbound between junctions 19 (Middleton, Heywood) and 18 (Simister Island) whilst highways try to rescue the cow from the carriageway.

Highways shut the stretch of motorway after reports that the cow had wandered onto the motorway at around 7.45am, near Birch Services.

Update - 8.08am - Traffic has now been released and all lanes re-opened after the cow has safely been returned to the adjacent field with help from the farmer.

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But there is still slow traffic currently backed up just prior to junction 19 and this is expected to take a bit of time to clear.

The cow can be seen being returned to its field whilst traffic officers patrol the M62 near Simister Island this morning (July 24)