VIDEO: Horses causing delays on NB 680 in Walnut Creek

WALNUT CREEK (KRON) — Interstate 680 was briefly shut down Monday morning due to horses on the freeway in Walnut Creek.

The horses were reported at around 7:38 a.m. on northbound I-680 at Castle Crest Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Authorities have rounded up the horses and the lanes were opened by 8:30 a.m.

Steve Burdo with Contra Costa County Animal Services says the animals broke through a fence about a mile away.

The pair adhered to the vehicle code and used an on-ramp to enter the highway.

Burdo says the horse, a gelding named Striker, appears to have led the breakout. He says Hank the mule is more of a follower.

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