Possible Men in Black Encounter in Springfield, New Jersey 4-20-09
Springfield, NJ- I left work right around midnight on April 20th, 2009 and drove west on Route 22 towards Mountainside. A descending airplane (flying my direction and presumably landing in Newark) caught my eye. In the brief moment that I glanced at this airplane, I saw what I immediately thought was the moon, which seemed to cross over from the front-left side of my field of view to the front-right and then I could no longer see it through the trees. Initially I didn’t think much of it until I realized that the sky was overcast and there were no stars visible. As I was approaching the traffic light, I noticed it again up and to my right, travelling the same direction as I was. The traffic light turned yellow and being curious about what I was seeing, I decided to speed up and go through it (typical Jersey driver). Might be important to note, at this point, there was a car slightly ahead of me travelling the same direction but stopped at the traffic light… oddly, this was the last vehicle I encountered driving west for the duration of the time I was on Route 22.
The object looked like the moon, in that it was emitting an evenly glowing pale white light and was spherical in shape. It also appeared to be about the size of what the moon would look like if observed closer to the horizon rather than directly overhead. At the speed I was travelling (50-55 mph), it was still in sight but gradually getting further away. I was a little excited and nervous at the same time. In effort to get a closer look I sped up, although in hindsight this was stupid and I was fortunate to not have passed any police. The object continued travelling west along the northern side of Route 22 and appeared to be not too high above the trees that lined the top of the hill to my right. At my peak velocity (90 mph) the object was 90 degrees to my right (guessing 200 or so yards away), but not for too long, as I slowed down a little (maybe to 75 or so mph) when I saw how fast I was driving. I attempted to take a picture of it with my phone but instead got a nice picture of the inside of my car. As the object went from a 90 degree angle to my right to roughly a 45 degree angle, it also came closer (not sure if it was due to the slight curving of the road relative to the direction the object was travelling or whether the object changed its direction slightly) to what seemed about a third of the distance away from me that it was before. As it got closer, I was able to see the object much clearer. It was as if the white pale glow was a mist that receded as my proximity to it increased. I looked for rotors, wings or anything would identify it, but it didn’t have any of these things. It was a disc-shaped. It looked metallic with a dark orange color with a smaller black dome on the top. The disc appeared to be tilted slightly forward (maybe a 10-15 degree tilt). While taking a longer look at this thing without the “mist” hiding its true shape and color, I had a very unsettling feeling that something or someone inside of it was staring back at me. I also put my window down to listen for engine noise, but there was none.
Despite being a little afraid, I was too intrigued and decided I wanted to get an even closer look. By this point I was in Green Brook. I turned onto Washington Avenue and quickly proceeded up the hill towards Washington Rock. Arriving at the top of the hill, it was a difficult to see much through the tree tops. I thought at this point that I had lost it and turned onto Rock Rd West, where I caught a glimpse of it much further away at this point and again appearing to be pale white and spherical. I called my brother who was living with me less than 15 minutes away and told him to grab my binoculars and meet me at the overlook on Route 78.I went to the end of the road and made a right onto Warrenville Road and headed north towards Route 78, briefly stopping to catch sight of it again through a clearing to the west. I knew it was getting much further away and I’d not be able to catch up to it, but I wanted to keep sight of it for as long as possible. Driving on 78 West, I was no longer able to see it. But I went to the overlook anyway (after exit 33, before you reach Route 287).If you’ve ever been up there at night, it’s pitch black and creepy as hell, but it’s also slightly elevated and a great place for star gazing. Anyway, I got there with enough time to see it flying off at a low altitude towards the west and ultimately out of sight. I called my brother to tell him not to bother coming any more but he said he was already on 78 and would be there shortly. So I stayed there and waited for him to arrive.
This isn’t where the night ended and what followed was equally unnerving.I didn’t see the object again and I couldn’t say if what happened next had anything to do with the sighting or not, and I won’t convey it in detail unless you think it’s pertinent. But the short of it is that a man in a new-looking black Mercedes showed up before my brother got there, tried to talk to us, used his car to try to prevent us from leaving and ended up chasing me down Route 78 riding my bumper at speeds in excess of 100 mph while constantly flashing his lights at me until I lost him.
Special thanks to D.R. for reporting this event to World UFO Photos.
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