A fire involving a semi-tractor-trailer hauling camels and zebras closed both northbound lanes of Interstate 69 in Indiana early Saturday Morning.
Animals Rescued From Busy Interstate
Traffic on an Indiana interstate was a real circus Saturday morning, complete with camels, zebras, and a miniature horse.
These were among the animals left grazing on the side of the highway after the trailer that was transporting the animals caught fire.
A photo shows first responders working to extinguish the blazing trailer.
The Grant County Sheriff’s Office responded to the incident on Interstate 69 and shared photos and videos of the rescued animals on Facebook.
According to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, the fire started around 2 a.m. at MM 263 near the State Road 18 interchange.
It’s not clear how the fire started, but the Grant County Sheriff’s Office told CBS News that the animals survived and were not injured.
“Not only did our first responders rescue them swiftly, but they also went above and beyond to keep the animals calm. True compassion in action!” the sheriff’s office told CBS News.
Police did not say how many animals were rescued, and did not share any information about the driver of the trailer.
It’s not clear where the trailer was traveling to, and police did not say where the animals were taken after the rescue and fire.
The interstate was briefly closed to allow for the rescue but has now reopened, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office said.