Truck fire briefly stops eastbound I-80 traffic |

Truck fire briefly stops eastbound I-80 traffic

A pick-up truck towing a horse trailer caught on fire on eastbound Interstate 80 near Emigrant Gap, west of Truckee, at 11:14 a.m. Thursday.

The truck “became fully involved and burned to the ground,” and emergency officials separated the horse trailer from the burning vehicle, said California Highway Patrol Officer Art Gutierrez.

No people or horses were injured.

The eastbound traffic on the highway was stopped briefly in order for the fire to be extinguished, he said.

The weight of the heavy horse trailer traveling uphill may have contributed to the cause of the truck fire, which may have been caused by the truck’s transmission, Gutierrez said.

He said the fire department will further investigate the cause of the fire.

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