For the most part, Interstate 80 through Nebraska is a rather scenic but boring drive. It literally cuts the heart of the American Midwest, Omaha being the only major city on its 460 kilometers of concrete. You will see lots of cornfields, great plains, and a great blue sky on this stretch of road. One thing you won’t see is a huge tank over your shoulder. Most of the time, anyway.
And yet, this is exactly what motorists on the I-80 recently discovered. the Nebraska State Patrol responded to reports on Aug. 20 of a trailer carrying a large military tracked vehicle sitting on the shoulder of a ramp. He was near the town of Overton, in the south central region of the state, and he was just … setting there. In this case, the definition of tank is a bit loose, as this vehicle would be an armored engineer vehicle without firearms. Still, it has great horn tracks and could engage in frontline military conflicts if needed, so we call it a tank.
The vehicle is owned by the South Dakota National Guard, and it was reportedly returned to the state after a training mission in California. He was probably heading back to Sioux Falls – hence his trip on I-80 which would have connected to I-29 for a quick jaunt north. The mystery deepens on this meeting, however, as it is not known why the trailer was dumped along the highway. Apparently there was no sign of damage or problem, and it is not known where the truck and its driver are. If that sounds a little strange, you are not alone in this assessment.
For now, steps are being taken to bring this big boy back to his South Dakota home. If we hear any new news about the pilot and the reason for it, we’ll step in with an update.