What is something truckers have witnessed driving at night that gave them chills?

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Mudassir Ali 8 months 1 Answer 99 views

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  1. The thing I witnessed at night that gave me chills was a light that followed me for about three hours in the middle of the night.

    It is well known that there are strange unexplained ghostly lights in Western Queensland, Australia which can follow vehicles.

    In Western Queensland they are called ‘Min Min Lights’. They could be similar to what in other countries are called ‘Willo the Wisps’ or ‘Prairie Lights’. Scientists so far haven’t managed to come up with a very convincing explanation of them.

    I was bumping along on a lonely old dirt road on a dark but starry night in a truck with a load of mining machinery on the back.

    The road between Gunpowder mine and the Barkley Highway to Mount Isa was extremely corrugated, rocky and dusty and full of huge potholes and bulldust.

    Several parts had already fallen off the truck on the way in to the mine earlier in the day due to metal fatigue and from bolts and screws coming loose and falling out.

    I decided to limit my speed to around 40 km/h due to try to minimise any further damage to the rig from the punishing road.

    The load of machinery that was chained on the back was jumping and shaking all around and vibrating all over the place, so the chains needed to be checked and tightened every once in a while.

    Now this road is quite remote and doesn’t see much traffic except for trucks going to and from the mine and the occasional vehicle from one of the cattle stations. A Queensland cattle station is something like what is called a ‘ranch’ in the USA only bigger. Each cattle station might only have a handful of staff and maybe an owner with his family so there aren’t a lot of people per square mile in that part of the world and most of them work hard in the day time and sleep at night.

    That’s why I was more than a little surprised to see what looked like headlights from another vehicle in my truck mirrors at about half past eleven at night way out in the middle of nowhere.

    The other vehicle stayed behind me instead of catching up and passing. It must have been terrible for the occupants in the other vehicle I thought, having to deal with the blinding, billowing, choking clouds of dust coming from my truck wheels. By around half past two in the morning they still hadn’t caught up to me and passed yet. It should have been easy for them to catch up and overtake, at the slow speed I was travelling at. Maybe it was another truck doing the same thing I was doing, going slow and taking it steady, but that’s unlikely. The mine storemen were in a hurry to lock the mine’s gate as soon as I was loaded. I got out a bit late and there wouldn’t be any more vehicles leaving the mine after me. The road doesn’t really go anywhere much else.

    Finally a cattle grid came into sight and I decided to stop after the grid and pull over and check the chains and allow the other vehicle to finally pass. I drove across the grid and pulled over on the left, (as we do in Australia), and stopped the truck. I hesitated to open my drivers’s door in case the passing vehicle might run into it. No vehicle came and after a few seconds I checked again in my mirrors but there was nothing there. I opened the door and climbed down from my cab and walked all around the rig looking back down the road and could see no sign of any other vehicle at all. Something was definitelty following me right up until the time I stopped. I also checked the fenceline track in case it might be a crew of fencing contractors returning to their camp after an evening at a station house but nothing. No tail lights and no dust or anything.

    Could it have been a Min Min light? Who knows.

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