Racehorses Killed in Cigarette Sparked Highway Blaze
Tragically, six racehorses being transported on a highway in North Carolina were killed recently when a passing motorist flicked a cigarette into the horses’ trailer. The resulting blaze killed all of the animals inside and injured the driver and a good samaritan.
The driver became aware that the trailer was ablaze while driving down the highway and pulled over to try to save the horses. Unfortunately at that point the fire was out of control and nothing could be done.
North Carolina state troopers suspect that a lit cigarette tossed from a passing vehicle was the cause of the blaze. However, no suspect has been identified yet.
The horses were all young thoroughbreds who were on their way to Belmont Park racetrack on Long Island to begin a training program.