Sheep die after car collisions on A30 between Sherborne and Yeovil
Thursday, February 07, 2013
STRAY sheep caused carnage on dual carriageway between Sherborne and Yeovil during the early hours of Sunday morning.
More than 50 sheep wandered on to the A30, close to the Bradford Abbas and Over Compton junction on Babylon Hill, at around 3.45am.
According to police, several vehicles were damaged and numerous sheep died in collisions on the notoriously fast stretch of road.
Dorset Police responded to the incident after an emergency call was made to Avon and Somerset Police.
“A number of sheep were injured and some were killed after being hit by vehicles,” a police spokesman said.
“One vehicle, a silver Skoda Octavia estate, was so badly damaged after coming into contact with a sheep that it required recovery.”
The spokesman said, despite the damage caused to vehicles, no drivers or passengers were injured.
The road was closed to traffic until 6.20am.
Celia Messer, chairman of Cerne Sheep Group, described the incident as a “wake up call” to the importance of keeping livestock secure.
“It could have been much worse. Livestock on the road presents a serious danger to drivers,” she said.
“Farmers are liable for damage caused and could face prosecution.
“It is not always the fault of the farmer. There are often people wandering around the countryside and it is important that gates are always closed.”