Occurred: 1999-01-19 19:00 Local
Reported: 1999-01-20 00:00 Pacific
Duration: 20 minutes
No of observers: 1

Location: Carlinville (from, until almost Carrollton), IL, USA

Shape: Cigar
Characteristics: Lights on object

While driving at 1900 hours after a late evening social work appointment I observed a large cigar shaped object which appeared to be a flat grey in color. The bottom of the object had red and white lights alternately flashing. It was a cloucy night and the object was flying very low underneath the cloud cover. I was too scared to pull over as I was the only vehicle in a basically cornfield expanse of land. The object initially was flying northbound at a rather quick pace and then suddenly about 10 miles up the road (I was westbound) I saw the same object to my left traveling westbound still at a rather quick speed. It was probably a mile or so away from my vehicle at all times. I watched it travel westbound for the next 8 miles or so and then I lost it in the cloud cover. I did not roll down my window to check for any noises. I observed no interferences with my radio at all. I did not observe the object switching from northbound to westbound so I guess it could have been two different objects. I am a professional and would never lie or exaggerate anything about something this scary.

Posted 2002-11-20

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