There are all sorts of hazards you want to look out for when out on the roadways – from big pot holes to debris and careless drivers. One thing that most motorists aren’t expecting to come across when driving, though, is a patch of cooking grease.
Troy Tangeman was driving his white C7 Corvette on a Phoenix freeway when he hit a patch of cooking grease, which presumably leaked onto the roadway from a truck. The sudden lack of traction caused Tangeman to slide, though he eventually regained control of the vehicle.
In a way, the grease spill had already done its damage to Tangeman’s car, however. He later noticed a foul smell coming from the vehicle and suspected the grease may have splashed up on the underside of the vehicle. Upon further inspection, he saw that grease had caked portions of the underbody and lodged itself behind the vehicle’s fiberglass bodywork as well.
Now Tangeman wants to find who spilled the grease on the roadway and is looking to have some of the costs of cleaning the car covered. He also suffered some front bumper damage in the ordeal, which will require further repairs.
“I noticed there was something peculiar on the road, but I didn’t notice [the grease] until I got close up on it,” Tangeman told local CBS affiliate TV3.”It was like ice. When I hit it, I just went flying.”
“I had to turn my car really abruptly to miss cars coming through the intersection.”
Tangeman also claimed the smell may never come out of the vehicle, saying the grease is “baked onto the rubber and all the hot metal parts underneath.” Anyone who has gotten a whiff of a grease trap from a restaurant probably has a pretty good idea of what this C7 Corvette smells like now.
You can hear Tangeman talk more about his unfortunate run-in with the grease patch and see some of the damage done to his C7 Corvette in the video embedded below.