A MOTORIST has been taken to hospital after cows strayed onto a stretch of dual carriageway near Ashbourne.
Crews from three fire stations were called to the incident, at 3.35am on Sunday, on the westbound carriageway of the A50 between junctions five and six near Sudbury.
The collision involved a car and lorry and a large number of cows on the carriageway.
Firefighters released one person from their vehicle and they were taken to hospital.
Emergency services were than required to contain the remaining stray animals and left the scene at 4.50am.
It is believed that around 25 cows had wandered onto the road and at least four are thought to have been killed.
Driver Dick Ashfield said: “I was driving home after a conference and was desperate to get home to my bed.
“I was waiting for an hour and I had no idea why.”