An Arabian show horse was the lone fatality of a vehicle fire early Friday morning.According to officials, the vehicle veered to the left near mile marker 15 on Interstate 75 South and struck a …
An Arabian show horse was the lone fatality of a vehicle fire early Friday morning.
According to officials, the vehicle veered to the left near mile marker 15 on Interstate 75 South and struck a guardrail around 3:30 a.m. Friday morning.
The impact caused the vehicle’s fuel tanks to rupture, which officials believe was what started the fire.
Bradley County EMS Director Shawn Fairbanks said the fire was so hot “it even melted the asphalt.”
The fire caused I-75 to be blocked and slowed for more than 12 hours as environmental crews were called in to remove oil from the road surface. At times, the traffic was backed up well north of Exit 25.
Traffic was diverted to South Lee Highway, Mahan Gap and Harrison Pike.
Fairbanks said cleanup of the site became a very lengthy process because the fire was so intense from the diesel fuel which had spilled onto the ground.
He added the burning tires on the vehicle added to the intensity of the blaze.
The two drivers of the vehicle were able to get out of the vehicle with no injuries.
Officials confirmed the horse was being transported from Kentucky to Florida for an equestrian show.
The Lexington NBC affiliate was reporting late Friday night the horse was based in that city, but there has been no reporting of the horse’s name or owners.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate why the vehicle veered off the road.
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