On July 27th (or
29th), 1994, Joe Nemanich and a friend Tom Johnson, were driving on
a four lane that turned into two-lane highway, Route 422, between Revloc
and Colver (mining towns, note spelling reversal of names). At 3:15
AM as they approached the crest of a hill in Joe's pickup truck, they
saw a figure crossing the highway in the truck's high beams.
Tom, almost unglued,
screaming, "Did you see that...?" They had closed to within
100 yards doing 55 MPH. The dark brown creature, that at first they
thought was a bear, was very tall, huge upper body but a narrow waist
and wide shoulders. As it turned to profile, Joe noticed a deep barrel-shaped
chest. Joe said there was a type of mist around the feet as the thing
ran up a grassy roadside embankment, and into the woods. He guessed
the weight of the creature at 400 pounds. Joe pulled off the road and
went back, but by then the creature was gone. There was no sign of tracks
on the road banks. They were returning from a musical "gig" in Altoona, and Joe said they hadn't been drinking at all.
Joe Nemanich in
© Report courtesy Ray Crowe, IBS, Track Record Editor
posted March 25, 2002
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