Gaston Fire-Rescue-EMS was dispatched at 2:08 a.m. Sunday to a four-vehicle wreck on Interstate 95 Northbound near the 176 mile marker.
Upon arrival, units found a moving truck, a truck with a loaded horse hauler, a passenger car and tractor trailer involved in the wreck, according to a press release from Chief Ed Porter Jr. No occupants were found to be injured, including the horses. The tractor trailer was found with ruptured diesel tanks and was engulfed with flames. Both northbound lanes were closed during this time.
Firefighters from Gaston Fire-Rescue-EMS and Garysburg Fire Department worked to control, contain and extinguish the fire. One lane was reopened during overhaul operations. An excavator was brought in to open up the tractor trailer along with its contents. Fire units remained on scene for nearly three hours.
N.C. Highway Patrol is leading the accident investigation. Also on the scene was Northampton County EMS, Northampton County Sheriff’s Department, NC Department of Transportation, Redwine’s Garage and Byrd’s Garage.