As most of you know, we were headed to visit Mom(gram) in Erie the day after Christmas 2004. We didn't get very far. We were on I71 about 40 miles north of Columbus in Morrow County. The weather the days before was 10 inches of snow followed by an inch or two of ice, then another 8 inches of snow. When the plows did get through, they didn't just push piles of snow off the road, it came off more in sheets that look like small iceblocks. You could have built thousands of igloos with what was in the median. This snow piled up on the side of the road and looked like ramps about 3 feet high. The roads were mostly clear with just a little snow between lanes. We were changing lanes when the back slid out, the whole van hit the "launching ramp", went airborne, carthweeled and rolled 3 times as near as we can remember.
I was in the driver's seat and as you can probably summize from the pictures, I got lots of cuts on my hands and head from flying glass from the winshield and my side window which shattered. Melinda was behind me on the driver's side and she mainly got bumps and bruises. The roof in her area came down right to the top of her head. Gina got the worst of things with with a separation of her AC joint in her shoulder. Basically the shoulder end of her collarbone was about 1/2" above the other one. This required surgery on 1/4/05 and her arm was imobilized for another 6 weeks. After about 2 years she was close to 100% recovered.
Looking at the first picture I think you can see why I got all my cuts, especially on my hands. (Two weeks later they are almost healed)
once on the right side before stopping in a wheels down, or right side up position.