Go Back Report # 1648


Includes another case that occurred by the same lake, but the date is too vague to include as a separate case and “might” be related to this one.

Saucer over Pymatuning?

Area Man’s Encounter With Unidentified Flying Object Called Weirdest Experience

   A Linesville man employed by a local building contractor looks to the skies over Pymatuning Lake with a slight feeling of trepidation as he drives to work in Greenville these early morning hours.  
   “I always thought those fellows who saw flying saucers were nuts,” according to Robert Collins, a carpenter who works for V. J. Mazzopi Company. But that was before Collins himself had what he considers the weirdest experience of his life.
   Driving his half-ton pickup truck about 7 a.m. Jan. 13, Collins was traveling toward Greenville on the spillway road over Pymatuning Lake when he sighted what he thought to be the lights of a low-flying airliner attempting a forced landing on the ice-covered lake.         
   He slowed the speed of the truck so that he could make a closer observation of what at first appeared to [be] a pair of extremely bright headlights illuminating the earth.
   The lights approached the road diagonally from the east. As they grew closer, Collins said he began to see them only as one light, which was as blinding bright as an arc light.
    It came over the road at the exact spot where his truck was traveling. But instead of passing by, the light remained stationary over the vehicle for three or four minutes, Collins estimates.       
    At that point, the truck’s whole electrical system failed, as though some super force had turned off all the switches at one time. Not only did the engine cut out, but the headlights went out and the radio stopped playing in the same instant.           
   Although the light’s approach seemed gradual, it departed at extremely high speed and disappeared in the west within 30 seconds, Collins said.          
   He’s not ashamed to admit that he was frightened while “the thing” hovered overhead. He estimates that the light originated from a source perhaps 200 feet above the truck and illuminated an area some 100 yards in front of the stalled vehicle.
   “No, sir, I didn’t open the window to look out. I just sat where I was until it left,” Collins said.      
   The sky that morning was extremely dark and heavy clouds hung low. If the day had been clear, he feels he would have been able to see whatever may have been above or behind the light.  
   As soon as the light shot zipped off, the truck lights and radio came back on. He thinks his hand must have been “frozen” to the ignition key, which also controls the starter, because the engine, too, began to run.           
   Collins believes he traveled for a few feet without lights.   
   It wasn’t until then that he noticed that his truck had been parked in the middle of the deserted highway. As he traveled on to Greenville, he went about three miles before seeing another vehicle on the road.

Kept Experience to Himself

   For a time, wishing to avoid ridicule, the Linesville man kept the experience to himself.   
   “I didn’t even tell my wife till three days later,” he said.      
   Collins believes whatever caused his truck engine to suddenly quit must have been some terrific magnetic force. He also wishes he had been able to have his truck checked for radioactivity. The truck has run perfectly since the Jan. 13th experience, he said.

Other Sightings Reported

   Several other Linesville area residents have been witnesses to a mysteriously lighted object during recent months, Collins said.     
   Since his own experience, he has learned that Mr. and Mrs. J. F. McDonald, also of Linesville, both saw the strange light, although from a greater distance, in the same area about two months previously.      
   Collins, at first somewhat reluctant to discuss the mystery, said he has not reported the incident to the government’s Unidentified Flying Objects bureau.     

Reference for the above text is: News clip: Greenville Record-Argus, pp. 1 and 21, January 31, 1959.        

UFOCAT PRN – 65549          
UFOCAT URN – NONE   News clip: Greenville Record-Argus, pp. 1 and 21, January 31, 1959   
UFOCAT URN – 101775 Flying Saucer Magazine (Palmer), September 1962, p. 36      
UFOCAT URN – 031889 The UFO Evidence by Richard Hall, p. 075, © 1964     
UFOCAT URN – 031890 Computerized Catalog (N=3173), #1299 by L. Schoenherr, no © date          
UFOCAT URN – 065549 UFOs: The Whole Story by Coral Lorenzen, p. 095, © 1969    
UFOCAT URN – 157365 BUFORA Vehicle Interference Report by Geoffrey Falla, p. 022-02, © 1979    
UFOCAT URN – 148664 A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies by George Eberhart, #0798, © 1980          
UFOCAT URN – 127050 UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference by Mark Rodeghier, p. 016, © 1981       
UFOCAT URN – 119609 World-Wide Catalog of Type 1 Reports, #0871 by Peter Rogerson, no © date           
UFOCAT URN – 133069 The Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse: UFOs: A History. 1959 by Loren Gross, p. 018, January-March, no © date        
UFOCAT URN – 031887 Condon Committee investigation files
UFOCAT URN – 031888 NICAP investigation files         
UFOCAT URN – 164945 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # 05658, © 2002        

North America – United States, Pennsylvania 
Linesville       Latitude 41-39-22 N, Longitude 080-25-26 W (D-M-S) [populated place]          
Pymatuning   Latitude 41-29-54 N, Longitude 080-27-41 W [reservoir]         
Greenville     Latitude 41-24-16 N, Longitude 080-23-28 W [populated place]          
Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=154:1:1765846258792399         

Pymatuning Reservoir is a man-made lake in Crawford County, Pennsylvania and Ashtabula County, Ohio in the United States, on land that was once a very large swamp. Much of it is incorporated into two state parks: Pymatuning State Park in Pennsylvania, and Pymatuning State Park in Ohio.          
Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pymatuning_Reservoir          



Pymatuning Lake, Espyville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania
December/January 1956/1959

UFOINFO Sighting Form Report           

Location: Most western edge of Crawford Co. Espyville, Pa. USA.       

The exact date is a problem. It had to have been sometime between 1956 and 1959.

We were ice skating on Pymatuning Lake after dark, so it had to be after 9 p.m. We had used snow shovels to clear paths on the ice and had built a fire. Also for our moms to let us ice skate at night, we must have been in our middle teens. I was born in 1943.

What we obsurved
[sic – observed] was what looked like a star that was close to the horizon to the east that seemed to get brighter and bigger as time went on. It flew right over us, changing colors and flew right out into the stars on the western horizon. We didn't have any watches to time it, but I would say that we watched it for a good half hour or more. Also we were visited again that summer when we were camping near that same area. We had no idea of what we’d seen, but it didn't make any sound at all, that I remember. I do know that I had a dreadful fear of going into a deep sleep, and of even going to sleep since. I’d never associated the two until a few years ago. I had even forgot the second visit until about ten years ago when my friend and I was [sic – were] talking about the first visit and mentioned it, and I got flashbacks. Also that thing had to be humongous for us to have watched it for that length of time, and it looked quite large when it flew low over us on the lake.         

I would say that it had to have been late Dec. or January for the lake to have been frozen over enough to ice skate along the shore. Also, I had
[sic – have] trouble with getting sick on boats and amusement park rides since then. I also have trouble putting a q-tip in my left ear but have plenty of room in my right ear. It had to have been picked up on the Cleveland radar and radar from New York to Pittsburg. I would like to try regressive hypnosis to see if I can bring back what I have experienced because I firmly believe that every [sic – everything] that has happened to a person is recorded in your mind. I always thought that by 62 years of age that I would have enough money to check this out myself, but I haven't been that lucky, and I would like to know the truth before I go. I couldn't even begin to tell you how many times that I have been laughed at and teased about this when I mentioned it. But what I saw would make the Pope a believer, or anyone else out there that is a non-believer. I have told this story to a few other groups but have not heard a word from them. Believe me, what we saw was not from this Earth, as I know it. Let me know if anyone is interested in my story, and if he hasn't died yet, my friend can vouch for our story. Please don't wait too long, because we’re not going to live forever. Herman          

Date: holiday or weekend in late Dec. or Jan. About 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Between 1956 and 1959. Weather was clear but freezing.          

Approach Direction: east        

Departure Direction: west       

Witness Direction: We watched it for like a half hour. All directions.   

Description: All that I can remember
[is that] it looked like a star in the east, flew over us, and flew out among the stars in the west.        

Color/Shape: All that I can remember is that it was round in shape, with lights, and changed colors.           

Height & Speed: I would have to say that it was right over us and it flew real slow. It might have been a half mile up or even close, depending on its size. But it was big.       

TV/Radio/Press: Back then we didn't listen to much radio, or watch too much TV.     

Reference for the above text is: Website: UFO Info:           


North America, - United States, Pennsylvania, Crawford         
Pymatuning   Latitude 41-29-54 N, Longitude 080-27-41 W [reservoir]         
Espyville        Latitude 41-36-23 N, Longitude 080-29-39 W [populated place]           
Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=154:1:1765846258792399         

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