Dec
22
2008

  Your Car Is On Fire!

You never know what you're going to see on the NJ Turnpike. Yesterday I saw some wild turkeys off the side of the road. It wasn't the first time I've seen turkeys hanging around the highway. But that was nothing compared to what we saw later.

A little Honda passed us on the left, with a bit of smoke coming out of it. Then the smoke cleared, but we noticed FLAMES coming from under the engine. They weren't shooting up over the front or sides of the car, they were just under the car. The guy driving pulled over to the right, and Terry and I figured we'd better tell him. We pulled up next to him, and I yelled out the window, "Your car is on fire!" I couldn't hear him since his window was rolled up, but I could read his lips. His eyes got wide and he said, "Oh shit." Yeah, buddy, no kidding. Somebody honked at us and we realized we were at a complete stop in the right lane of the turnpike, so Terry yelled out, "Flames are coming out from under your car!" to emphasize the point, and we drove on.

I felt bad for not looking back to make sure the guy got out of his car, but I was getting really worried that we had already been pulled up too closely for too long-- if his car blew up I didn't want to be so close! At least the flames were up by the engine, and not back by the gas tank. I just checked now, but didn't see any online news reports of a car fire on the turnpike yesterday (although plenty of reports of car fires in the past), so I guess it all worked out alright.