10 racehorses perish in fiery truck crash on New Jersey Turnpike

New Jersey State Police are investigating a crash that claimed the lives of several racehorses on Sunday.

The crash occurred around 3 a.m. on Sunday on the New Jersey Turnpike in East Windsor.

Troopers say that a truck hauling 10 racehorses northbound on the Turnpike struck a concrete divider near mile marker 68.

The truck and horse trailer were soon fully engulfed in flames.

The truck driver and passenger were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Nine racehorses died from injuries sustained in the fire.

A tenth racehorse was euthanized by a veterinarian.

One of the horses that perished was sired by 2015 Triple Crown Winner American Pharaoh. Another horse was sired by Tonalist, who won the 2014 Belmont Stakes.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.