Grand National Express! Runaway pony gets on the BUS after drivers rescued it from causing havoc as it galloped through rush-hour traffic
- Drivers were stunned to see the terrified animal on the A48 near Cardiff
- Motorists stopped and tried to calm it as they cried for help on the road
- Bus driver intervened and loaded the pony aboard to get it back home
A runaway pony caught a ride on a bus after drivers rescued it from causing havoc while it galloped through rush-hour traffic.
Motorists saved the stray as the terrified pony was spotted in the midst of vehicles on the A48 near Cardiff.
As kind members of the public climbed out to calm the animal and call for help, a single-decker passed and loaded the pony aboard to safety.
As kind members of the public climbed out to calm the animal and call for help, a single-decker passed and loaded the pony aboard
Harley Stephens, 30, said: ‘We managed to grab hold of it and the police turned up. They said it would take ages for a horse box to arrive so a passing bus driver suggested giving it a lift. It happily trotted onto the bus – I couldn’t believe my eyes.’
Another passing driver said: ‘We got close to the horse, and a Cardiff Bus had stopped. The police arrived and we were all a bit flummoxed about about to do, to be honest.
‘So the Cardiff Bus driver said, ‘Why don’t we just put it on the bus?’, and I couldn’t really see any other option.
‘We popped the accessibility ramps down on the bus and I just trotted the horse on the bus and he seemed quite happy.’
Passersby snapped a hilarious photo of the pony on board the bus. as it was driven to a bus stop at a nearby hospital where it was reunited with its owner.
South Wales Police tweeted that the pony was loose on the ‘mane A48’ and wanted to ‘stirrup’ a little trouble.
Tony Bishop, Operations Manager at Cardiff Bus, said ‘Cardiff Bus worked in partnership with South Wales Police to ensure the safety of the horse and other road users.
‘Due to the A48 being such a busy road, the decision was made to transport the horse to a safe location and wait for the owner to come to collect it.
‘The horse was accompanied on the five minute journey to the Heath Park and Ride by the lady who helped to rescue him and was shortly after reunited with its owner. It was an eventful night for all involved and thankfully had a very happy ending!’