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In the dark between midnight and dawn of September 9, 2011, travelers observed an unidentified aerial object, as it hovered over Hwy 30, near Ames, Iowa.
This report was originally submitted to MUFON and is posted here "as is", with no corrections. -SW
MUFON Case # 31919
Event Date: 2011-09-09
Time of Event: 03:29
Status: Not yet assigned at time of posting
Distance: 500 feet or less
Summary: on Hwy30 north of Ames huge black ufo with lights slowed down above cars
Driving thru the night from Sioux Falls SD to Tama Iowa. Around 3:30 am i was behind a truck towing a trailer, suddenly a huge whump whump whump from the sky made me look up. a HUGE black object with white dashes of lights appeared - the sound made it seem like the object was braking before hitting the earth. The black object against the black sky immediately made me think it was a UFO. The vehicle in front of me swerved back and forth on the highway - finally pulling over. When I first heard the noise - i tried to wake up my passenger - but he would not wake up. I pounded on his arm and screamed his name and he would not wake up. The object hovered above the highway for a moment and then ascended back into the sky from my perspective in a straight up heading just to left of my view. The object filled 1/4 of the sky - maybe it was 50-100 feet above us. I thought Oh no - not again! i admit i was afraid because i could not wake the person with me. A friend said it was probably a black helicopter - but aside from the fact it was way too big for any helicopter i have seen, the whump sound only came when it appeared to brake above us , and then the abrupt direction change was not accompanied by sound and it zipped straight up out of sight - admittedly - it was black but it also had white dashed lights along a varied surface bottom.