The Highway patrol says just before 10 pm Friday night on I-95 North near mile marker 135 in Rocky Mount a tractor trailer transporting 6 thoroughbred racing horses from Florida to New York caught fire killing all the horses.
Trooper Heath with the Highway Patrol says the driver of the tractor trailer said she smelled smoke and pulled over and realized the hay inside was on fire. She tried to extinguish the fire but was unsuccessful.
Three fire departments responded. Once on the scene, they realized the fire was started by a cigarette they say that a passer-by most likely flicked out of their car. West Mount Fire Dept was in charge of the scene.
Both northbound lanes of I-95 were closed about 45 minutes. The road is now back open. The driver of the trailer was not the owner of the horses.