Truck fire on I-95 ruins luxury cars, hinders traffic
Posted May 22, 2008 5:29 a.m. EDT
Updated May 22, 2008 9:31 a.m. EDT
Rocky Mount, N.C. — 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.