NUFORC Sighting 170834

Occurred: 2022-07-29 22:45 Local
Reported: 2022-07-30 15:57 Pacific
Duration: 2 mins
No of observers: 20

Location: Mendota, CA, USA
Location details: Crossed Interstate 5 fwy heading westbound

Shape: Triangle
Characteristics: Lights on object

3 large, linear, bright white lights approx 600' - 1000' feet in width.

I was traveling northbound on Interstate 5 @ 85 mph in the fast lane. Lights came into view approimately 300' off the ground as they crossed in front of my vehicle. approximately 300' - 600' ahead of me. The lights were traveling westbound, stopped in the open fields west of the freeway, hovered for several minutes, and ascended vertically into the clouds. The cloud ceiling was 14,000 ft. in elevation at the time. The lights could be seen illuminating from within the clouds with the same intensity as you would see from the moon with the exception the moon would have backlit the clouds this light was internal.

The fwy was moderately busy at the time of the sighting. All of the motorists on the freeway behind me either stopped, slowed or pulled over. The vehicles traveling northbound behind me had a better vantage point than I did since the lights were almost directly overhead of my vehicle when they came into my view.

The event took place about 1/4 mile south of the Shields Ave exit in the outskirts, west of the city of Mendota. There was a yellow motorhome that had pulled over at the shields exit and persons were standing outside. I'm not sure if they stopped due to the sighting or maybe had vehicle trouble. There is currently one other online report from another motorist who was apparently behind me and describes the event in greater detail. There were multiple eyewitnesses although I did not speak w/ any. I would suspect that one of the vehicles behind me may have dash cam or phone footage of the incident.

Posted 2022-09-09

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