TWO horses died after being hit by a car on the M1 near Wakefield at the weekend.
Six animals got onto the motorway after escaping from a nearby field in the early hours of Saturday morning.
One of the two that were struck near junction 39 died instantly. The other had to be put down by an armed police officer.
The motorway was closed while the dead horse was removed.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “At 5.38am police were called to the M1 southbound near J39 after a collsion between a car and two horses.
“Six horses from a nearby field had got onto the slip road of the southbound M1 at junction 39 resulting in the collisin between a Vauxhall Corsa and two of the horses.
“One of animals died at the scene, a second was seriously injured and had to put down by an armed officer after the remaining horses had been returned to a nearby field.
“The driver of the Corsa was not injured by the collision.”
He added: “The motorway was closed for a short period while the dead horse was removed from the scene but a local diversion between the two slip roads was put in place to keep disruption to a minimum.”
He said enquiries into the incident were continuing.