33 cows die in tractor trailer fire

33 cows die in tractor trailer fire

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - 33 cows died when a tractor-trailer hauling cattle caught fire on I-90 outside Rochester.

The state police says Jeffrey Foss, 53, was driving the truck was traveling west when a tire went flat and then caught fire shortly before midnight Wednesday.

Police say that Foss, of Vernon, saw the flames and immediately pulled over and used his fire extinguisher, but the fire was too intense.  The fire spread to the trailer carrying 176 calves.

Troopers say 143 calves were off-loaded, but another 33 either died in the fire or had to be euthanized because of injuries.

The fire caused the shut down of westbound lanes for about 20 minutes.

Foss was not hurt and police say the cause of the fire is believed to be a mechanical failure.

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