This is for those of you who love accident pics. Nothing horrible, but probably unlike anything you've seen before... At least, it was for the guy at the body shop! DW was driving on the interstate 2 days before Christmas, when she heard a loud bang, and started losing control of the car. She was able to get across a couple of lanes of traffic and stop on the shoulder. She thought there had been a blowout, and looked out the windows on both sides of the car to see which wheel was flat. I called roadside assistance for her from home. Once the truck showed up to swap to the spare, she got out of the car and discovered that it was a bit more than a blowout: IMG_2171 by macman408 posted Jan 9, 2017 at 12:16 AM There was nothing on the road in front of her, and she has no idea what caused it. My best guess is that there was a truck carrying a long-handled tool of some sort (like a shovel), and it wasn't properly secured. Shovel flies off the truck, lands between the spokes of the wheel, gets flung rapidly around (causing the hole in the rim) and flies around the back of the car, causing the straight line of damage to the badge on the hatch. You can't tell in the photo, but the hole by the badge goes all the way through the aluminum hatch, insulation, and interior plastic. I'm guessing the spade of the shovel (or whatever) hit there and got lodged briefly, as the tool stopped moving - then it snapped back down, causing the straight line of damage down the license plate and the center of the bumper. Once I came up with that theory, I grabbed a shovel from the shed, and put the spade at the hole; the handle then makes a perfectly straight line all the way back to the wheel, and the end of the handle lines up exactly at the wheel. Also, the size of the gash in the bumper perfectly fits the handle. There's no damage to the tire treads or the underside of the car, and she says there was nothing on the road in front of her, so it seems unlikely that she ran over anything. No injuries. My wife was worried for a while that maybe she had bumped somebody else while trying to regain control of the car (I think the traction control and stability control both kicked in, she said there was lots of beeping and flashing lights as it happened), but nobody else stopped, and there's no other damage. Initial estimate was about $4k including a brand new bumper and hatch, but they revised it to $5800 to add repainting of the quarter panel. I'm hoping to convince the insurance company that it was likely she was hit by something flying/falling and thus should be covered under my lower comprehensive deductible, but so far they haven't gotten back to me to discuss that. Feel free to leave your theories or tips for talking to the insurance. Or, if you happened to be driving 880 in Fremont during the evening commute on December 23rd and saw a shovel go flying overhead, let me know.