Tractor-Trailer Carrying Elephants Catches Fire On The Freeway

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A tractor-trailer carrying several elephants caught fire on a Tennessee freeway early Monday morning, forcing an immediate evacuation of the animals.

Tennessee fire fighters arrived on the scene of a truck fire to fing quite a surprise, a tractor-trailer transporting three African elephants on I-24 near the Georgia state line around 2 a.m., idahonews reported.

The cab of the truck caught fire and the driver quickly rushed out to got the elephants safely out of the trailer, which did not catch on fire. The elephants were well-behaved and ate some hay on the roadside while they waited, said battalion chief Lesley Morgan.

“Just another day in the office,” the Chattanooga Fire Department wrote on its Facebook page.

Another picture posted on the fire department’s Twitter showed the enormity of the elephants on the side of the Tennessee-Georgia border.

Following the incident, the owner got a new trailer and the crew continued their trek to Sarasota, Fla.

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