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Circus zebras and camels saved on I-69 in Grant County following a car fire



Grand County, Indiana – Early on Saturday morning, all northbound lanes of Interstate 69 near Marion were closed due to a fire that started in a semi-tractor trailer that was transporting camels and zebras.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office reports that the fire at MM 263 at the State Road 18 intersection broke out at about two in the morning. At the time of the fire, the Indiana Department of Transportation received reports of unusual animals on the highway. To assist with cleanup and move the animals to safety, authorities closed off the route.

Police reports state that an officer saw a 2012 Volvo semi-truck’s cab and trailer completely burned out. To assist the driver in leaving the car safely, the police were able to locate him. Subsequently, the officer discovered that the trailer included animals from Shrine Circus.

There were camels, zebras, and one small horse among the animals.

After guaranteeing the security of every animal and person there, the workers moved on to tidying up the area. By 6:30 a.m., lanes were open.

The animals were unharmed, according to the authorities.

According to INDOT, the northbound lanes would be blocked for a minimum of the following five hours. Approximately five miles south of the incident, traffic was being rerouted onto State Road 22.