A horse has died after being hit by a lorry on the M25 near Dartford Crossing

A horse has died after it was hit by a lorry on the M25 near the Dartford Crossing. A herd of loose horses were spotted walking along the Essex side of the crossing, close to junction 30 for Lakeside, at around 4am today (August 19). The motorway was closed for an hour after the animals were seen running across the carriageway.

Close-up footage shows moment cars passed a herd of loose horses on M25 near Dartford Crossing   Essex Police has now confirmed that one of the horses died after being struck by a HGV, EssexLive reports. Essex Police Southern Roads Policing Unit tweeted: “Thank you for your patience whilst we, Highways East and Gray LPT dealt with loose horses on the M25.

Sadly one horse died after hitting a HGV before we could shut the road, a lane is closed whilst we arrange removal so expect delays at J30.” One concerned member of the public responded to the tweet asking if the lorry driver was ok. To which the Essex Police twitter page responded: “Fine thanks, low speed and no damage to the truck or injury to him (not nice to be involved with but not his fault though).”

Horses could be seen among all three lanes

It is believed the rest of the horses were brought to safety.

Footage taken from the scene shows cars following the horses before passing the herd as they veer towards the central reservation, just before the QEII bridge. There were several horses on the route and vehicles had to slow down to ensure they didn’t spook or injure the rest of the herd. Gordon Smith, who posted the video in KentLive’s Kent Traffic and Travel group, said: “Beware, horses loose on the M25 Kent-bound just before the Dartford Crossing.

“Authorities have been contacted.”

All lanes reopened at 5am, however, major delays on both the M25 and the A13 remain.

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