I returned home yesterday from a three week trip to visit family in Nebraska. Not much rest time, but it was good to go and help my daughter with some car repairs and many personal matters, as well as seeing two newly born family members (your grand kids may be grand but these two are “great” grand kids
). All went extremely well and largely trouble free until twenty miles from home. About thirty miles out I mentioned to my wife that we had driven nearly four thousand miles without seeing an accident when only about five miles later we came up on an ambulance and other emergency vehicles and assumed it would be an accident scene, but it was apparently a medical emergency as there was no evidence of a crash.
Then about five miles from there we were nearly involved in a potentially catastrophic event. I'm towing my 34 foot Airstream at 60 mph in the right lane of I-84 when ahead I see a really large tire tread stretching across much of the left lane with several hunks of rubber in the right lane. Three or four vehicles passing me in the left lane saw the “alligator” in their lane and moved to the left shoulder to miss it, but a guy in a new Volvo was a little too close to the car ahead of him to see what was in the road. He hit the “alligator” full on and threw himself completely out of control in the wildest spin I've ever been so close to. When I saw it begin to happen I braked with everything I had and resolved that I would probably be hit. I also determined to not lose my cool and try to swerve, risking a worse fate if I lost control of my rig. He spun in his lane, crossed in front of me, then completed his three-sixty in the left lane up against a concrete lane divider. He didn't kiss the divider hard enough to deploy his side-curtain air-bags. What an adrenalin dump for everybody! I don't know if he damaged the under-carriage of the Volvo, but there didn't seem to be great damage to the top side. Three things saved our bacon: 1) I was able to brake enough to miss his spin into my lane, 2) that Volvo was really stable as undoubtedly many cars would have rolled, 3) God's guardian angels around me did their job well!!
Upon inspection I found only one small dent in the left stone guard of the Airstream.