Horses run wild on a California freeway, ‘violating carpool lane’; videos

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.

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.

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"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?'"