#TBT: That Day the Q Van Blew Up on the Turnpike and I Almost Died… Or Did I? [VIDEO]
It was a frigid cold morning a few weeks ago as Chris Low and I hopped in the Q Van to head to Lewiston for a live broadcast from Metro PCS. There was a little warning light on the dash, but that was for low tire pressure I would later find out.
As we got on the turnpike and started to get up to speed, we heard a “POP” coming from under the hood. Immediately I noticed that we had lost heat, but the van was still driving fine. Then, I looked out the rearview mirror, and that’s when I knew something was terribly wrong. What appeared to be smoke was billowing out from the engine!!
“If only we can make it to the Gray service Plaza” I said to Chris. That’s when I noticed the “smoke” starting to fill up the van, so I of course feared the worst and assumed that we were seconds from blowing up.
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Braving the “smoke” for another mile or so, we made it to the rest stop and called back to the station for a quick rescue. Within a few minutes, we were safe and back on our way to the broadcast. (In a different vehicle, of course.)
The van was towed back to Portland where it was fixed, but here’s where it gets funny: the “POP” turned out to be just a busted radiator hose, and the “smoke” was nothing more than steam from the engine.
So we weren’t seconds from death as I had first thought, and we most certainly were not on fire!