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Swans killed after high winds force them to land on M5 in Exeter

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: December 19, 2013

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TAILBACKS occurred on the M5 near Junction 30 yesterday afternoon when a flock of swans were blown off course in high winds and landed on the motorway.

They landed on the motorway bridge across the River Exe and were hit by cars. Two were killed.

Police were first notified of the trouble at 3.05pm when they were contacted by a number of motorists.

Drivers were having to swerve to avoid the birds which were scattered across both carriageways.

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According to one witness who tried to help the birds only one survived while several were killed.

A spokeswoman for the Highways Agency confirmed that they had removed the swans.

She said: “We were contacted by the police and found three swans on the hard shoulder. Two were dead and we removed the bodies. One seemed injured but when we went to collect it, it flew away.”

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