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Truck fire on I-95 ruins luxury cars, hinders traffic

Posted May 22, 2008

— All lanes of Interstate 95 in Nash County have been reopened since a tractor-trailer hauling luxury cars caught fire early Thursday.

State troopers said the tractor-trailer driver was passing mile marker 136 around 1:20 a.m. when he heard two loud booms. He saw fire coming from the trailer and pulled off on the shoulder of the road.

Eight cars on the trailer – including Audis, BMWs and Mercedes – caught fire and were damaged or destroyed, troopers said. Crews managed to off-load one.

The tractor-trailer driver got out safely, and no one was hurt.

Authorities reopened all lanes of northbound I-95 shortly before 9 a.m. after crews cleared the scene.

The driver was hauling cars from Florida for Seaside Leasing, troopers said.

Investigators do not know what caused the fire. They do not expect to file any charges against the driver.


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  • cartman May 22, 2008

    My BMW gets 24mpg on average, with mostly city driving.

  • drnc May 22, 2008

    My Corvette gets 31 MPG highway with a light foot. I have a 2001 VW New Beetle, turbo diesel, that gets 49 MPG highway. No matter what type of vehicle you drive, you can save gas by accelerating gently, driving slower and keeping your tires properly inflated. The best way to save fuel is to stay home.

  • now May 22, 2008

    It was President Bush's fault.

    Well, Liberals blame him for everything else.

  • clintoflannagan May 22, 2008

    Hey guys. I know where you can get a great deal on a BMW in Nash County!!

  • clover1019 May 22, 2008

    glad no one was hurt

  • -Enter Screen Name- May 22, 2008

    @babyluv: What do gas prices have to do with the brand of your car? Wouldn't gas prices affect you more if you had a car that gets low mileage more than the brand of your car?

    I drive a fairly late-model BMW, and get ~29mpg, which is better than most other cars currently on the road.

    So, what is the point that you are trying to make????

  • babyluv May 22, 2008

    I tell you what who can even afford to drive an audi or bmw...with the high gas prices but hey I am not aware of their gas mileage anyway but wanted to put my 2cents out there.

  • shine May 22, 2008

    westen . you are right and it generally starts with the tires on the trailer - it takes something like grease or bearing oil to ignite it and then it just over.

  • BigBrokeBill May 22, 2008

    What really burns is the rubber of the tires.

  • shine May 22, 2008

    Sounds like the one of the trailer bearings went out and when it froze the tire blew shifting the load to the other side.. usually the grease is hot enough to ignite and will burn.. then the other side goes out creating a huge fire at the rear of the trailer and then everything else just catches up. It could have been on the tandems of the truck itself - the pictures don't justify but it looks like it was located on the tandems of the trailer.