Two times I have had the big orange construction barrel's sucked out of their position on the side of the road, into my lane of traffic by the person in front of me! Both times, not going that fast, not following that close, both times, hit them square on, both times, smashed them under the vehicle! First time, in my MH, broke the front spoiler, and stuck in front of the front axel, could hear it dragging and scrapping under there, but no where to pull over? Finally, at the end of the construction zone, it went back to two lanes, and I pulled over on the shoulder. Trying to get that barrel out was another story, it was smashed, flattened by the dragging and would not come out! I tried backing up, pulling forward, nothing would loosen it up! It decided it was part of the MH now! I finally had to wrap a tow strap I had around it, tie it to a post along side of the road, and back up? It came out! But tore up the front spoiler some more on the way out! A little duct tape, and back on the road! Had to get the front spoiler fixed and repainted, but it could have been worse! The second time was in my semi, out in N. Nevada, on I-80, I saw this construction rock hauler coming at me on the other side of the road, all of a sudden, he turns left, down thru the median, and right out in front of me! Well I saw him coming, and had slowed down, so no foul, I guess? Wrong! He go's tearing off like crazy, speeding to say the least! And as he is pulling away, he is getting very close to the barrels on the side of the road! Sure enough, one of them comes out in the lane in front of me, no where to go, bang, I hit it square on! It goes under the axel, and stick's behind the front tire and the fuel tank! I have skirting on the outside of my truck that is only 10" off the ground! So now I have a barrel that is 2 1/2' to 3' around that I have to get out, not coming out the side, so all I can do is back up! I drive back up over this barrel with the steer tire, and with the help of a couple of construction workers, pulling on it we get it out! Lucky that time, no damage! Just a bent mud flap! If it would have went under the fuel tank, it would have taken off the fuel line for the crossover between the two tanks, 300 gallons of fuel lost, plus the EPA clean up, ohhhhhh!
Could have been much worse! I hate those orange barrels!