Horses died after being hit by a car on the M1 motorway

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TWO horses died after they were hit by a car on the M1 motorway.

Police were called after six horses escaped from a near by field and got onto the slip road of the southbound carriageway at junction 39 at about 5.30am on Saturday .

One of the animals died at the scene and another had to be put down after sustaining serious injuries after being hit by a Vauxhall Corsa.

The other horses were returned to the field safely.

The driver of the Corsa was not injured and the motorway was closed for a short time.