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More than 200 sheep die after haulage lorry overturns on major road

Nithsdale Police said about 220 of the 440 sheep on board the Scania HGV died.

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More than 200 sheep die after haulage lorry overturns on trunk road

More than 200 sheep have died after the haulage lorry they were travelling in overturned on a Scottish trunk road.

 

Nithsdale Police, who attended the scene at about 22.50 last night (February 25), said about 220 of the 440 sheep on board the Scania HGV died.

 

The incident happened on the A76 between Sanquhar and Thornhill in the south of Scotland, near to Enterkinfoot.


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Police closed the road until 05.30 this morning (February 26).

 

The driver, a 27-year-old man from Carlisle, received only minor injuries.

 

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “At the time of the collision, 440 sheep were being transported to the Birmingham area and approximately 220 of the sheep died in the collision and were subsequently put down by local vets.

 

“Due to the nature of the collision, staff from Police Scotland, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Scottish Ambulance Service and local farmers and vets were all involved in the incident.”

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 with log 4406 of February 26 2019.

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