August 19, 2003
Location: Council Bluffs, Indiana, United States
like an airliner (but too many lights), banking then dropping
down (about 1 mile out). The bottom of the craft was only
about 20'-25' above the road surface to my right and the
leftmost white light (1 of 3) was just to the right of
the truck cab. What I could see clearly were three brilliant
white circular disc-shaped lights about 4' in diameter
forming an equilateral triangle about 4'-6' apart, 2 leading
and 1 trailing center. A single bright red circular disc
of lights approximate 3' in diameter located in the center
of the 3 white lights.
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craft appeared as though it was waiting to be inspected,
but was so close I couldn't see it all."
driving the company's 18 wheeler on I-29 just north of
Council Bluffs, Ia., I saw something through the top right
of the windshield that looked like an airliner (but too
many lights), banking then dropping down (about 1 mile
out). When I looked back to the road briefly, I almost
couldn't find it again but saw it hug the ground and cross
to the interstate beyond the next overpass."
I drove around a mild curve and went under the overpass,
it was ahead of me about ¼ mile over the ditch,
moving northbound as I was. I left my truck in cruise
at 60 mph. It only took a few seconds to catch up to it.
It slowly picked up speed as I got nearer and when I was
just up to the rear lights, it was traveling about 2 mph
slower than my 60 mph, so I studied the craft the best
bottom of the craft was only about 20'-25' above the road
surface to my right and the leftmost white light (1 of
3) was just to the right of the truck cab. What I could
see clearly were three brilliant white circular disc-shaped
lights about 4' in diameter forming an equilateral triangle
about 4'-6' apart, 2 leading and 1 trailing center. A
single bright red circular disc of lights approximate
3' in diameter located in the center of the 3 white lights."
approaching from the rear, I leaned forward to look up
behind the lights, but couldn't see anything but black
and a faint smoky or black misty wake like a boat would
leave in water. It looked like it could have been following
the underside of the craft, but I really couldn't tell."
white lights were brilliant and looked like a hundred
plus bulbs in a disc, but were too bright to see the light
source; but they did not blind the eye when looking right
at them. The light they gave off had a flood-like appearance
and lit the ground and the truck cab very well (about
like hallogen). The red disc of light was bright red but
did not glare as much and I could see what appeared to
be maybe 30 or more bulbs. The actual count could be higher."
craft continued to fall behind at the 2 mph rate until
it was well behind the trailer, then slowed considerably
as I continued at 60 mph. When a mild hill and then another
overpass came, I could still see the brilliant white light
glowing upward in my mirror, even though I was possibly
a mile or so away and over the hill."
was Tuesday, and I wasn't routed that way all the rest
of that week. The following Sunday, I drove down there
to investigate the area during daylight. The ditch in
that area extends approximately 50' over to a row of utility
poles that are about 35'-40' in height all along the area
this occurred. Since all during the event, I could not
see the size or shape of the craft, this may help in some
I didn't get the precise locations of these. However,
I noticed there are a few lines coming from the utility
poles and crossing I-29 at various points and appear to
be elevated only about 2/3 the way up these poles. Maybe
that explains why the craft backed off when it did. I
think it might have had to stay below radar or something.
When I first saw it bank and drop, it went over to I-29
almost hugging the ground, and I think it may have dropped
where Loess Hills protrudes upwards just east of the interstate."
I forgot to mention the craft moved along like it was
on rails, (not even a wobble or bump), nor did it have
an angle of attack, (it was perfectly level). I couldn't
roll down the right window (it isn't powered and it isn't
safe to reach that far), but I had on an empty trailer
and was on fairly flat ground and the motor wasn't real
noisy, and I did not hear any noise from the craft over
the moderate motor and tire noise of the truck."
Note: We spoke with this witness via telephone, and he
sounded exceptionally credible to us. PD))