— Slimjanders (@slimjanders) March 27, 2017
The rush-hour traffic in Northern California was made worse Monday morning when two horses inexplicably ran wild on a Bay Area freeway, prompting the highway patrol in Contra Costa to quip they were “violating the carpool lane,” according to UPI.
At 7:38 a.m., the California Highway Patrol received reports about horses running on northbound Interstate 680 at Castle Crest Road in Walnut Creek, forcing a temporary closure of the popular freeway, KRON reported.
— KTVU (@KTVU) March 27, 2017
Somebody wanna explain why tf there were horses on 680?? pic.twitter.com/MeVOKgD7GZ
— Bryce (@brycefoster74) March 27, 2017
Steve Burdo of Contra Costa County Animal Services told KGO that the horses broke through a fence about a mile away.
The CHP said the horses evaded capture on the city streets of nearby Alamo before making their way onto I-680, which was closed for about 15 minutes while authorities pursued the animals.
“In a collaborative effort with CHP units, Walnut Creek Police, and Contra Costa County Animal Control the horses were corralled at approximately 8:30 a.m.,” the CHP wrote on Facebook. “Animal Control safely returned the horses to their owner.”
Burdo told KGO that the white horse is a gelding named Striker, who probably led the breakout since the brown horse—actually a mule named Hank, as it turns out—is more of a follower.
In its Facebook report about the incident, the CHP Contra Costa kept it on the lighter side with this headline: “TWO HORSES WALK OUT OF A STABLE, ONE SAYS TO THE OTHER ‘WHICH WAY IS THE FREEWAY?’”