After the service at Moody Church, we had a wonderful after thanksgiving dinner in Chicago yesterday with our son, his wife, and extended family. Finally, it was time to return to Rockford for my wife, our daughter, and son-in-law. We drove my wife's car because it's better on gas. At around 7:30 PM, on I- 90, I noticed two trucks up ahead on the side of the road. As I signaled and moved away to the next lane, suddenly, with no warning, an entire re-tread from an 18 wheeler lay in the center of my lane.
I've heard many horror stories of people who swerved to avoid a collision like that, resulting in death or serious injuries, and with only about 2 seconds anyway, I chose to take it head on. What a sickening sound. The front of the car rose up, and the huge chunk of rubber rolled under the car and out the back.
Right away we smelled smoke, the fan belt came off, and the temp gauge shot up. But rather than to stop, and since we were so close to our daughter's house in Rockford, we kept driving and made it there.
Later this morning, before the tow truck arrived, I went over and took a few pictures. The damage was a lot less than I thought when we'd looked at it in the dark the night before. So we have another big thing to be thankful for. Then I just got a call with the estimate, and that part won't be as painful as it could have been either.