October 24, 2020

Officer Val Johnsons Crazy Collision

Minnesota has a lot of rural areas, dense forests, two lane roads and plenty of space. So as you can imagine in 1979 at 1:40 AM in the morning it was pretty darn quiet on State Highway 220 near Warren Minnesota. But that is exactly when officer Bell Johnson collided with a brilliant light, 8 to 12 inch diameter, 3 to 4 feet off the ground. The officer said he was driving toward the light and next remembers waking up in a ditch a half-hour later with what appeared to be radiation burns around his eyes. The windshield was smashed and one headlight in his patrol car was broken. Interestingly, his antenna was bent at a 90° angle and the clock on his dashboard was now 14 minutes slow. Obviously for the police department this goes under the unexplained however they have preserved the car and it is in the Marshall County Museum.

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