Escapee herd of pigs close motorway

A busy motorway had to be closed this morning after a herd of pigs escaped and ran on a carriageway.

The southbound M11 towards London was shut after a HGV carrying a consignment of 82 pigs crashed.

Essex Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene of the collision at Junction 8 to discover about 12 animals had escaped from the lorry and were running free on the road.

A spokesman said that at 5.21am, the carriageway was closed while emergency crews tried to round up the animals and secure them in a makeshift pen.