could the rear differential cause a a tire to completely FALL OFF while driving? on 1998 Chevrolet Suburban 1500

We were driving down highway and started to feel the back end of the truck start to shake. Then it started to feel like we had a flat tire. We were less than a 1/4 mile away from the gas station when the tire JUST SHOT OFF THE TRUCK!(went flying deep into the woods). We then slid across the road about the length of a football field. Luckily we did not flip and there were no other cars around us at the time. could this be caused by the rear differential or is there a bigger issue we over looked? Please help someone!!

by in Panama City, FL on October 19, 2013
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ANSWER by , October 19, 2013
Sounds like someone did not torque the lug nuts properly. Unless the axle shaft came out with the wheel, in that case then it is a diff. problem!