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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Road closed after 60 sheep killed when trailer overturns

Around 60 sheep died after a trailer overturned forcing the closure of a country road.

The trailer, carrying the sheep and being towed by a tractor, tipped over on an unclassified road near to Tutehill Farm in west Cumbria late yesterday (Monday) morning.

The road between the Pica and Arcledon junctions was closed. Drivers were asked to avoid the area.

A police spokesman said: "A trailer carrying livestock has tipped over causing sheep to be seriously injured, of which some have suffered fatal injuries.

"The trailer was being transported via a tractor. The driver suffered no injuries."

The fire service was called to the scene shortly before 12noon and used cutting equipment to get to the trapped animals.

A vet was also called out.

Police later confirmed about 60 animals had died.

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