I feel your comical pain!!! I had a thunderbird and had the same thing happen to me as bonnie94sse'* mom. The ball joint came apart a 45 mph on a five lane street in heavy traffic. That was a hard animal to control.
We also had an experience with a pop-up trailer loosing its lug nuts a mere five minutes (at 35 mph) after changing a flat. We had a group of kids (10-16 year olds--about 15 kids total) that my wife, some other "staff", and myself were taking camping down in Virginia. My stupid idea was to take US 250 out of Ohio through West Virginia and into Virginia. US 250 was designed for bikes and Porsches--not for pickups, 15-passenger vans, and pop-up trailers. The owner of the pop-up didn't even bring the appropriate tools to change a flat--thus the second wheel falling off, the lug bolts
(not lug nuts
)flying into oblivion, and all at 5:05 pm on a Friday in the middle of nowhere, West Virginia. We spent the next day driving 50 miles to the nearest real
town to get a very hard to find tire, and a few frustrating hours trying to find lug bolts that would fit. But alas, we were in West Virginia, and there were mobile homes-a-plenty. On a hunch, we stopped at a place that looked like they collected mobile homes and other such novelties--hoping they might also have a pop-up. No such luck on the pop-up, but we did find out that mobile home lug bolts will fit a Jayco pop-up