Cow is shot dead after crash on A46 in Leicestershire
A police marksman had to shoot dead an injured cow after the cattle trailer in which it was being transported overturned.
Armed officers were called out to help traffic police deal with the aftermath of the crash, on the eastbound carriageway of the A46 between Anstey and Birstall at about 8.30am yesterday.
A police spokesman said: "A report came in to say that a cattle trailer being pulled by a 4x4 vehicle had overturned near Anstey.
"The trailer contained five cows, two of which had to be destroyed at the scene."
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Three of the animals, although stunned, escaped with minor injuries. However, the remaining two were trapped inside the overturned trailer
The spokesman added: "Both animals were badly injured.
"An emergency vet was able to get to one of the cows to put it down, however, they could not reach the second.
"The cow was in a lot of distress and a trained police officer had to put it down using a shotgun. Obviously, it was not a pleasant thing to have to do but was necessary for the sake of the animal's welfare and the safety of the public and those at the scene."
The remaining cows were put onto another trailer and driven away. There were long tailbacks until the road was fully reopened at about midday.
Further travel disruption was caused by a lorry fire on the M1. Northbound and southbound carriageways were closed between Junction 21, at Fosse Park, and 21A, from 11.45am after a lorry carrying a cargo of plastic bins caught fire.
Read more here: Travel chaos after fire on M1 in Leicestershire