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Herd of cows thrown onto busy road in South Derbyshire after tractor overturns

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 19, 2014

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A HERD of cows had to be rescued from a busy road in South Derbyshire after a tractor and trailer they were travelling in overturned.

The drama happened at the Cadley Hill island on the A444, in Castle Gresley, at 12.15pm yesterday.

The cows were said to have 'charged', forcing both the tractor and trailer to topple (right).

The crash led to delays, though traffic was kept moving by police.

All nine cows were safely rounded up, with some suffering minor injuries.

Farmer Rick Sworder, a friend of the tractor driver who helped rescue the cows, said: "They all charged and the tractor went over.

"Some of them have got cuts and scars but they are alive. If the tractor was going any faster, they would have been dead.

"They are dairy cows and they are in calf at the moment.

"This is the first time I have seen anything like this happen in 20 years."

The animals were taken to a nearby field until they could be collected by their owner.

The road was cleared by 1pm.

Nobody was injured.

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