I was travelling along the A55 today from Conwy to Liverpool, when I hit Halkyn, I could see in the distance 2 horse boxes on the A55 travelling eastbound (time approx. 1:30).
Vehicles and wagons were travelling at speed and going around the horse boxes, as I was travelling towards it, I had no time to think of the situation, as within seconds I was getting closer towards the horse box, I immediately turned my hazards on, drove in the middle of the 2 lanes, where I used a rolling road block, which is a method of temporary control.
The rolling road block closed both lanes of traffic on the A55 by using vehicles to create a gap so that constructive activities could be performed ie; move 2 horses to a place of safety. As I drove to the horse boxes, I spoke out of the window to one of the 2 males who had an Irish accent, because the traffic had now stopped, the horse that was on the floor injured, I could see it had cuts to its leg, the man managed to get the horse up, I shouted to him that ‘I will keep the traffic back, take the injured horse down the A55 as quickly as possible to the next junction’, which was approx. ¼ a mile away, which he did and the other male followed him with the other horse.
Once I could see they were at a place of safety, I started the traffic moving again and drove away slowly, until the traffic had built its speed back up, I saw 2 males with the 2 horses (the 2 horses looked beautiful, I believe they were either show horses or racehorses) at the junction and they waved to me and shouted thanks, because of the situation and it all happened so fast, I didn’t have chance to speak to the 2 males, so anybody travelling around Halkyn today at about 1:30 eastbound and joined a queue for a short time, my apologies but it was paramount that those horses and the men got to a place of safety and nobody was injured.
When I arrived at Liverpool I contacted 101 and explained the situation, the lady told me that I had come through to Merseyside Police and to stay on the line whilst she transferred me to North Wales Police, I was put through to the control room, explained the situation to another lady, she took my details, said it was recorded and said if we need to speak to you, we can check your reference, which comes under the time you’re speaking to me, the time 14.58 & the date 16/03/2016, Jane the 101 lady told me that they could view the CCTV as the A55 has cameras all the way along.
As I said I didn’t have much time to think, Anita was with me and another female, Anita videoed some of the incident on her mobile, there wasn’t much filmed but you can see what happened.
Previous posts regarding Superintendent Sacha Hatchett, where The Mob killed a dog, that post is self-explanatory, I’m not a trained police officer, I had no blue flashing lights on my car and I wasn’t travelling to an incident, where you knew what was ahead of you, I had no time to think but common sense prevailed.
JFT96 – YNWA