Dog 'driving' tractor causes chaos after crashing vehicle on M74

The vehicle, driven by Don, collided with the central reservation of the motorway at around 8.30am on Wednesday.

Don the sheepdog who drove a tractor onto the M74 motorway Quality news image uploaded April 22 2015
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A sheepdog has crashed a tractor on a busy motorway during rush hour after leaning on the controls and careering out of a field.

The vehicle crashed through a fence, veered out of the field next to the road and collided with the central reservation of the M74 near Abington in South Lanarkshire.

Don, a collie, jumped on to the mini tractor while farmer Tom Hamilton was tending to a lamb in a field next to the motorway.

The vehicle, with the four and a half year old collie onboard, then careered across the busy motorway before striking the central reservation next to his Kirkton Farm.

Side of M74 where tractor driven by a dog came off field and onto motorway uplaoded April 22 2015 quality news iamge
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Both the farmer and Don were not injured and there were no serious delays in the area after the crash near junction 13 at 8.15am on Wednesday.

Mr Hamilton, 77, who has run the sheep farm for 52 years, said: "I was out in the mini tractor and had stepped out of it to get a lamb which looked like it was about to get out of the gate.

"I had not put the brake on the tractor and when I turned round I got a fright as the vehicle was careering down the hill, through a gate and onto the M74."

Farmer and Don the sheepdog who drove a tractor onto the M74 motorway Quality news image uploaded April 22 2015
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He added: "Don was fine and did not bark during the incident."

A Traffic Scotland spokesman said: "The dog accidentally leaned on the controls and the vehicle made its way out of the field and onto the M74."

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland added: "At around 8.15am a farm vehicle crashed through a fence in a field and made its way onto the M74 at junction 13.

"Nobody is believed to have been injured."

on the sheepdog who drove a tractor onto the M74 motorway Quality news image uploaded April 22 2015
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