I've never told this story before. Not sure why, but it was before the internet. I finally just reported it on Peter's website, but could not find any reports by any of the other witnesses.
Are there other sites which might list this encounter?
I was driving down the Alcan Highway from Alaska a few days after Christmas in 1977. It was a marathon drive and by the time my cousin and I hit Whitehorse in BC, we had been on the road non-stop for over 40 hours. It was shortly after midnight, and I was driving down a long dark straight stretch of highway, about 10 miles North of Whitehorse, heading South. I remember it being a clear night, as I could see the stars as I drove. This section of the highway was heavily lined with Douglas Fir trees, so it was darker to the left and right of the roadway, and slightly brighter directly above, due to starlight and maybe moonlight.
When suddenly I was startled by what appeared to my mind as a flash of lightning going directly overhead, straight down the highway the same southerly direction as my car, but what struck me as odd is that it was straight. Not like jagged lightening. Plus there was no sound of thunder.
At the time my cousin was sleeping and the flash of light was bright enough that it woke him up.
When he asked what that was, I simply said I thought it was lightening.
10 minutes later, as we approached the outskirts of the small town of Whitehorse, we noticed that a police car was in the ditch on the left side of the road with his lights flashing. The officer was standing next to his car looking straight up. I just continued to drive on (not sure why) and half a mile later, there was a fire truck in the ditch on the right side of the road, and the firemen were standing outside their vehicle look up at the sky. By this time we were coming up to the first signs of habitation, which was a gas station. It was brightly lit, and there was another police car there with lights flashing, and about 6 people standing outside looking up at the sky.
I pulled up to a pump and got out to fill up the car, and the attendant was standing a few feet away looking up, and I asked him what was going on? He looked at me incredulously and said,
“You mean you did not see it??!”, I shrugged and said, “I was driving into town from the north, I did not see anything.” He shook his head and stated, “ How could you have missed it? The damn thing was flying low enough to force the fire truck and cop car off the road, then it went and buzzed this station and then headed up the road you were just on!” All I could say was “WOW”. My cousin and I just shrugged our shoulders.
I was surprised that less than 4 hours after posting this on Davenports website he gave me a call to ask me if I would join him for 15 mins on a radio program. I told him I honestly feel more like a sideline witness to a bad car accident with the cars missing. Not sure what good it would do to talk about it.