VIDEO: Runaway cow on A338 Spur Road causes chaos for thousands of motorists

VIDEO: Runaway cow on A338 Spur Road causes chaos for thousands of motorists

VIDEO: Runaway cow on A338 Spur Road causes chaos for thousands of motorists

VIDEO: Runaway cow on A338 Spur Road causes chaos for thousands of motorists

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A RUNAWAY cow sparked travel mayhem for thousands of motorists in Bournemouth today.

Police were called at 10.25am after the farmyard animal was spotted wandering on the carriageway at Blackwater junction after clearing a barrier near Matchams.

The police helicopter took to the skies above the incident as officers on the ground attempted to locate the cow and initiated rolling road blocks.

See how the chaos unfolded in our rolling coverage

Sections of Avon Causeway and the A338 Spur Road were closed in the midst of the operation and traffic backed up for miles along the Wessex Way.

Truck driver Russell Pickard, who was driving along the A338 when the incident happened, said there were “huge tailbacks” to the Boscombe exit.

“There was a farmer’s tractor parked on the other side of the carriageway and the police helicopter was above as well searching for it,” he added “All the patrol cars went past us. We don’t know where the cow went after.

“The only cows I have ever seen were penned in a field. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen anything like this.”

Drivers switched off their engines and got out of their vehicles as the cow continued to evade those attempting to capture it and further delays were reported on Castle Lanes East and West as traffic built.

Chris Nicholls, who was travelling to Southampton on a National Express coach, said the Spur Road looked like a car park, with a lot of people getting out of their vehicles to get some fresh air.

He added: “All you can see is traffic, no-one has any idea what is going on.

“I wish I had got the train, I would have been there by now. There has been no information given to us whatsoever and people are getting annoyed.”

Shortly after 1pm, police confirmed the cow had been tracked down and had been safely returned to a nearby field.

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11:22am Tue 12 Aug 14

speedy231278 says...

If anything hits that cow, it'll be burgered.
If anything hits that cow, it'll be burgered. speedy231278
  • Score: 6

11:23am Tue 12 Aug 14

MrDMan says...

Keep mooooving
Keep mooooving MrDMan
  • Score: 15

11:30am Tue 12 Aug 14

bsjc1234 says...

Ok stop milking it you lot
Ok stop milking it you lot bsjc1234
  • Score: 22

11:36am Tue 12 Aug 14

old duffa says...

drive by steak away
drive by steak away old duffa
  • Score: 0

11:37am Tue 12 Aug 14

Hurn08 says...

Looks like I'll have to go the udder way!
Looks like I'll have to go the udder way! Hurn08
  • Score: 30

4:00pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Lucky Rich says...

I was stuck in that ,wondered what had happened ,hope the cow gets an explorers badge so we can pick it out from the others when we drive by.
I was stuck in that ,wondered what had happened ,hope the cow gets an explorers badge so we can pick it out from the others when we drive by. Lucky Rich
  • Score: 10

4:06pm Tue 12 Aug 14

jlawford79 says...

Good job it was a warm day otherwise the drivers would've been fresian.
Good job it was a warm day otherwise the drivers would've been fresian. jlawford79
  • Score: 15

4:24pm Tue 12 Aug 14

BarrHumbug says...

Well i didn't learn anymore about cows watching your video but I do now know that gum disease makes your eyes bleed?
Well i didn't learn anymore about cows watching your video but I do now know that gum disease makes your eyes bleed? BarrHumbug
  • Score: 18

5:05pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Rasta dude says...

Stuck on matchams lane for what seemed like forever could be worse could of been more ROADWORKS and the sun was out so burgers for dinner,
Stuck on matchams lane for what seemed like forever could be worse could of been more ROADWORKS and the sun was out so burgers for dinner, Rasta dude
  • Score: 0

5:37pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Domingo De Santa Clara says...

udder chaos until the coppers moooved it along,someone should get a pat on the back.I heard they only got it cos his friends in the field grassed him up.
udder chaos until the coppers moooved it along,someone should get a pat on the back.I heard they only got it cos his friends in the field grassed him up. Domingo De Santa Clara
  • Score: 10

7:55pm Tue 12 Aug 14

The Cerne Giant says...

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FOR SALE A wee barrow topped up with of fresh Moo Cow manure for your vegy Marrows Apply to Brown Renault Laguna care off the Spur Road Bournemouth The Cerne Giant
  • Score: -3

9:12pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Mike_French says...

And here was me thinking that the 'runaway cow' was the class A dealer who was in court.......
And here was me thinking that the 'runaway cow' was the class A dealer who was in court....... Mike_French
  • Score: 2

10:08pm Tue 12 Aug 14

cheeriedriteup says...

I see the Mrs is causing havoc on the road again
I see the Mrs is causing havoc on the road again cheeriedriteup
  • Score: -1

10:25pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Yankee1 says...

Was it being chased by a clown named Ronald?
Was it being chased by a clown named Ronald? Yankee1
  • Score: 0

10:41pm Tue 12 Aug 14

biffa78 says...

silly old cow
silly old cow biffa78
  • Score: 2

11:01pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Wageslave says...

All this hold-up for one cow on the road here. Should go to India they are everywhere just sitting in the middle of the roads , crossing the railway lines. The madness just carries on around them.
All this hold-up for one cow on the road here. Should go to India they are everywhere just sitting in the middle of the roads , crossing the railway lines. The madness just carries on around them. Wageslave
  • Score: 4

9:40am Wed 13 Aug 14

gwynedddragon says...

Wageslave wrote:
All this hold-up for one cow on the road here. Should go to India they are everywhere just sitting in the middle of the roads , crossing the railway lines. The madness just carries on around them.
Same here in Wales. This would be a non story. Worst offenders here are sheep though.
[quote][p][bold]Wageslave[/bold] wrote: All this hold-up for one cow on the road here. Should go to India they are everywhere just sitting in the middle of the roads , crossing the railway lines. The madness just carries on around them.[/p][/quote]Same here in Wales. This would be a non story. Worst offenders here are sheep though. gwynedddragon
  • Score: 1

11:54am Wed 13 Aug 14

nobbythesheep says...

Holy cow! on the carriageway without a horn?
Holy cow! on the carriageway without a horn? nobbythesheep
  • Score: 0

2:40pm Wed 13 Aug 14

gracelands says...

three hours to get to SALISBURY! 30MINS FROM Ringwood to Salisbury 2 hours too MOOOOOVVEE from bmth hospital to the sewage depot lol looovveellly day good crack on da bus!!! who let the coooos out x
three hours to get to SALISBURY! 30MINS FROM Ringwood to Salisbury 2 hours too MOOOOOVVEE from bmth hospital to the sewage depot lol looovveellly day good crack on da bus!!! who let the coooos out x gracelands
  • Score: 0

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