SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) - The trailer Cackle and Oink owner Aaron Vogel was pulling on the way to Memphis for the world barbecue championship was totaled following his crash on Tuesday, but despite losing everything in the trailer, Vogel says the show must go on.
"I thought that was going to be the end, my last day here on Earth," said Vogel.
Vogel says he was driving next to an 18 wheeler on I-30 in Arkansas.
They were going over a bridge, when he hit a dip in the road, and then the draft from the 18 wheeler caused him to lose control of the 10,000 lb trailer.
"I did my best just to try not to hit that trucker. Somehow that trailer passed me up and we both flipped over," said Vogel.
No one was hurt.
"I was that guy that everybody hates that jammed up traffic for about an hour and a half," said Vogel.
Vogel almost decided to come home, but his wife talked him out of it over the phone.
"As I was sitting on the side of the road, she said 'you're not coming home today, and you're not coming home tomorrow,' She goes 'you're going to go to Memphis, and you're going to do this," said Vogel.
Vogel's wife and coworkers made some calls to their friends in the barbecue business near Memphis to get together some equipment and food.
He estimates about $15,000 in damage, and his insurance won't cover the trailer and smoker that were destroyed.
However the team plans to participate in several competitions, and if he wins best ribs he'll help pay for that, where the winner will take home $10,000 dollars.
"My phone has just blown up in the past 24 hours and its just in the thousands of notifications. As soon as I get back I'm going to reach out to every single person and thank them personally," said Vogel.