Car insurers looking into a five-vehicle pile-up on a busy stretch of motorway will be wondering how a single escaped cow managed to cause so much devastation.
Fortunately, all the motorists involved in the incident on the M9 in Scotland had a lucky escape, walking away with only minor injuries.
The trail of destruction began when a car swerved to avoid the animal after it had wandered onto the eastbound carriageway of the motorway, which links Edinburgh and Dunblane.
But as the first vehicle dodged the lost cow, it collided with another car - setting off a chain reaction which ended in a five-car crash.
A Nissan Micra, two Vauxhall Corsas, a Fiat Punto and a Toyota Yaris all collided on the road near the village of Wincburgh, West Lothian.
Two fire engines, specialist cutting equipment and 11 firefighters were called to the scene. Police and paramedics also attended.
Only minor injuries were reported among those travelling in the cars. But the cow was not so lucky and died at the scene, police said.
The eastbound carriageway was closed over night as efforts were made to move the animal's carcass from the road.
Sgt David Gray, of Lothian and Borders Police, said: "The people had a pretty lucky escape. Unfortunately the animal did not."
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