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Crane called in after stray water buffalo cause massive autobahn logjam

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Crane called in after stray water buffalo cause massive autobahn logjam
Photo: Oliver Köhler/WDR/DPA
11:01 CEST+02:00
The A3 between Düsseldorf and Cologne was closed down on Monday morning due to five water buffalo blocking the motorway. Emergency services had their work cut out trying to gather the bulky beasts back in.

Motorists had to endure considerable traffic jams as a result of the closure. It took nine hours for the fire brigade and the police to collect the water buffalo and remove them from the autobahn.

The A3 motorway near Leverkusen was temporarily closed in both directions, a police spokeswoman said. Only later in the morning was it possible to open up the motorway again.

It was a struggle to get the large animals off the road as some of them were walking between the stopped cars, the spokeswoman added. One of them had also become trapped in a guard rail and had to be freed.

Only after a veterinarian from the Cologne Zoo anaesthetized the animals could they be gathered and finally transported back to their field. Emergency services were able to complete the big task with the help of a crane.

The five buffalo are believed to have broken free from a nearby pasture in Leverkusen late on Sunday evening. They then sauntered toward the A3 autobahn.

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