Published: 7:30 PM 12/4/2015
the hair on the neck of Stuart Park truckie Lyall Bennie stood up...
The truth must be out there... driver on mission to solve puzzle of great white following glow.
By DANI McDONALD
IT WAS 4am on a Wednesday and the heaviness of the night was almost over.
Apart from a few wallabies and pigs on the Stuart Highway, everything appeared to be in a slumber.
There, about 15km from Adelaide River, the hair on the neck of Stuart Park truckie Lyall Bennie stood up.
Hovering around his van, about four or five kilometres in the air, was a bright white light.
It wasn’t, in fact, the first time he had seen it on his weekly journey from Darwin to Katherine, and back again, every Wednesday.
He usually sees that same light on Grove Hill Rd, between Pine Creek and Hayes Creek.
“I’ve seen it quite a few times,” Mr Bennie said.
“It was on the left-hand side and I have never seen that close to Adelaide River.
“It was too low to be an aeroplane.”
The light followed him all the way to Emerald Springs, where it disappeared in the low covering cloud.
“I’ve heard of stories, but this is my first, well, I don’t know if it’s a UFO,” he said.
“I really don’t know.”
He’s done everything to get the strange object to stop following him, even flashed his lights, put them on high beam or played around with the indicators.
But still it follows, hovering around bends on the road.
“This thing just will not stop,” Mr Bennie said.
“Yesterday the hair on the back of my neck stood up – you get that way.
You think: ‘Shit, why is it doing it to me? Why isn’t it following another truck?”
“It really scared the shit out of me.”
Next Wednesday, Mr Bennie and his mates are going to attempt to film the strange light.
“We’re going with two trucks, but it’s just going to be a little light on the video,” he said. “It’s the highlight of my morning.
“I get bored shitless and listen to my little USB stick.
“My mate is asleep and I just drive down the road, pass a few trucks.
“I just want to find out the bloody truth.”
Astronomer Geoff Carr suspected it was most likely light trapped in thermal currents in the atmosphere.
“Light can shine up into the atmosphere and show a particle layer,” Mr Carr said. “It’s probably a natural reaction.”
Min Min lights are a common folklore in Australia, first recorded in 1938.
Those who see it report varying encounters with strange lights and some believe those who follow the lights do not return to tell the tale.