Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Anaheim, CA, USA
Re: Ladder on Freeway
A year ago, an 18-wheeler flung a complete tire tread high into the air many car lengths front of me. By "high", I mean maybe 30 or 40 feet or more. No kidding. It flew way more than twice as high as the nearby concrete freeway bridge, and was going to land somewhere near me. It twisted and turned in the air as I tried to predict where it would fall, which is where I wanted not to be. I swerved far over into the leftmost lane, and luckily avoided it. A nearby car was not so lucky - it did major damage as it crashed down. This happened last summer on I-10 going west through El Paso, TX.
The worst incident I ever encountered was in my pickup, driving in high, gusty winds on I-5 leading up to the Grapevine. One of those oversize pickups with the side panels holding glass plates was ahead of me by several car lengths. Suddenly, one or more of the glass plates shattered. The air was filled with a rapidly expanding cloud of tiny glass fragments, which looked like glitter. There was no way to swerve around it. The glass cloud spanned three lanes. I plunged through it, trying to choose the least dense part of the cloud. I got off at the next exit and inspected my tires, but they were okay. There were tiny bits of glass all over my truck, but no real damage. All I can say is that I wouldn't have wanted to ride through that cloud on my bike. Ouch!