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COUNTY: Chelan County
LOCATION DETAILS: The train trestle by the community of Winton.
NEAREST TOWN: Coles Corner
NEAREST ROAD: Highway 2
OBSERVED: I was working as a snowplow driver for the State of Washington and at the time I was traveling eastbound on Highway 2 towards Leavenworth. I was approaching a train trestle, and my lights caught a large animal, on the bridge, walking towards a train tunnel. I couldn't stop but it was clear that there was something there that wasn't there the previous 8 times I passed thru that area.
OTHER WITNESSES: Just me (this time)
OTHER STORIES: Yes, when I was younger I saw something that was extremely similar by another tunnel up on Stevens Pass. Plus, I have witnessed knocks, screaches and smells in the area since I was a child. (I grew up in the Lake Wenatchee area)
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Approximately 1:30-2 am.
ENVIRONMENT: Just after a snowfall.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Darrel Verney:
The snowplow driver was making his fourth pass over that section of the highway when he saw what he believes to be a sasquatch. It was walking on top of the train trestle, but stopped and turned at a slight angle to look right at the driver, as if it was startled by the sound of the blade scraping the road.
To assist with the description, here is a photo of the train trestle:
The highway generally runs east-west, but turns at that section
and runs underneath the train trestle, so the driver was headed south at the time. The trestle runs east-west over the road, like an overpass, but unlike an overpass, trestles typically do not have side walls or rails. The train tunnel is east of the highway. The subject was walking toward the tunnel.
A snowplow cab is up high, above a large blade, so the driver had an elevated perspective as he approached the train trestle. He also would have had a good, close view of the subject as he drove his snowplow underneath the trestle.
The driver observed it distinctly for about five seconds in his headlights, which were bright enough to cast shadows. He estimated the height to be six and half to seven feet tall. It was double the width of a good sized person and slightly hunched over. He could see clumps of hair, so he described the subject as shaggy. I was a dark brown/blackish color with streaks, making it look similar to the way some people color their hair.
The snowfall at that time was very light, actually, just a little misty, the way it gets just before it stops. He made another pass going the opposite direction through that section about 10 minutes later, but the subject was no longer there.
The driver was shocked to see the subject and was glad to be inside the safety of his snowplow cab. He didnt want to stop to check for foot prints or possibly get another look.
About BFRO Investigator Darrel Verney:
Originally from Alaska, Darrel now lives in north central Washington. He studied Wildlife Biology and Wildlands Recreation, and has worked for the National Park Service and National Forest Service in the past. He feels fortunate in having had several sightings and numerous encounters during expeditions and informal outings. Darrel has attended the Redwoods 06, North Cascades 08, 09 & '16, Olympic 09 & 11, and Morton 12 & 13 expeditions.