A farmer whose sheepdog took 'control of a tractor' and ended up on a busy motorway has spoken of his relief that nobody was hurt in the incident. The bizarre event, which caused tailbacks on the road, was reported this morning by Traffic Scotland at junction 13 of the M74 near Abington in South Lanarkshire. The transport body tweeted: 'M74 (N) J13-RTC due to dog taking control of tractor... nope, not joking. Farmer and police at scene, vehicle in central res.'
But Mr Hamilton believes the handbrake probably just wasn't on tightly enough. He said: 'The handbrake was on but it hadn't been up to the last nick. It couldn't have been on tight enough. '(The vehicle) sat for ages. I might have been 10 feet from it when it took off.' The truck's windscreen was smashed but it suffered no other damage. Don has a slightly sore front foot but is otherwise said to be fine. Mr Hamilton said of the dog: 'I think he's in shock too, just with how it happened. He might get a special meal tonight. He's well looked after.'
The incident caught people's interest on social media and shortly afterwards Traffic Scotland provided an update: 'M74 (N) at J13 - Route is clear from earlier incident and dog is fine. Has to be the weirdest thing we have ever reported! No delays in area. 'Police said the only details they had on the incident were that a vehicle had gone through a fence near the motorway at around 8.15am.
The incident led to plenty of dog puns as people responded to Traffic Scotland's tweets. Tony T wrote: 'Police investigating, so far no leads', while Beverley Friend added: ''This is barking.' Michelle Muirhead asked: 'Will the dog have points on his licence? Was he breathalysed? Did police arrest him?'