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Monday, May 17, 2021

Unexplained Event / 'Lost Time' Incident Along Rt. 422 Near Pennsylvania Turnpike

A couple, recently driving home at night to New Jersey after a visit in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, believe they may have experienced 'lost time' or some other unexplained event eastbound along Rt 422.

I recently received the following account from a reader:

"I know this isn't a cryptid sighting, but it was very odd all the same and happened on PA Rt 422, where I know you have had some recent cryptid reports. Whether this somehow ties into that, I have no idea but I thought that it was interesting that it happened on the same road.

So I've been traveling Rt 422 for about 12 years. My wife's brother and his family live in Birdsboro, PA and we visit frequently throughout the year. From our home in Haddon Heights, NJ the trip usually takes about an hour and 15-20 minutes with no traffic or light traffic.

On Sunday night May 16, 2021 my wife and I had just finished a visit to her brother's for our niece's birthday. We left their house at approximately 9:50pm. I say it was 9:50pm because I recall telling my wife we should get going at 9:30pm but we then proceed to hang out and talk with my brother and sister-in-law for another 15-20 mins on our way out the door, which is not uncommon.

The trip home was our standard route. After some local roads near Birdsboro, PA we pick up Rt 422 E and take that until we pick up Rt 76 E (Schuylkill Expressway) at King of Prussia, PA and take that all the way over the Ben Franklin Bridge into NJ and then it's about 5-10 mins until we reach our home. On Rt 422 there is a section of road when you are about 10 mins away from the Rt 76E connection where Rt 422 banks both left and right and then passes by what I think is an area of retail shops and condos on the left side. You eventually come to a section of road where you need to move from the right lane to the left/passing lane because that lane eventually leads directly onto Rt 76 right near King of Prussia Mall. I mention all these nuances of the road for a reason. I'm very used to them and they give me a visual cue as to where I am and how long before I come up on the Rt 76E entrance.

On this particular night we had just gotten to the point on the road where I knew we were getting fairly close to Rt 76E and, in fact, there was an electronic sign over the road that said we were 7 minutes from Rt 76E. I thought to myself that that seemed about right. But then literally 10 seconds later I was confused because I kept seeing signs saying "Rt 76 This Lane" and I was perplexed and a bit disoriented. I was curious how/why they needed me to urgently get into a lane to enter Rt 76E when we were like 7 minutes from the entrance. No sooner had I tried to work this out in my head than I did, in fact, need to get into a particular lane because I was entering the section of road that banks hard left and winds onto Rt 76E.

My first instinct was to ask my wife if they had changed the road, maybe made it more direct and cut out a section of Rt 422. She wasn't really paying attention to the road so I explained that it seemed like we got to the Rt76E entrance really fast. As we drove onward I also noticed the time was reading 10:35pm. So...about 40-45 minutes since we left Birdsboro.

As we got closer to home I kept asking my wife if she thought we got home really fast because we were going to make it home in about an hour....maybe less. A really fast trip home from her brother's place. One we never made even close to that fast before. And even when we got home I texted my sister-in-law to let her know we made it home safe. Her response was "Wow! Speedy!". I said YES I KNOW.....it was, wasn't it? I went on to explain the facts I just recounted and she agreed that it was very strange.

Now....was this a case of missing time? I mean, to me it seems like it was but I want to make sure. We're going back up there for another family event in about 3 weeks. When we drive home I'm going to pay very close attention to the road, especially within 10 minutes or so of Rt 76E. If the areas of road that I'm used to are there and the trip is normal then it will solidify my belief that something bizarre happened that night." RP

NOTE: I forwarded this account to Phantoms & Monsters Fortean Research investigator Butch Witkowski (he lives in Birdsboro, PA) for his assessment. There have been a few odd instances, including cryptid activity, in that general area as of late. Could it be connected to other unexplained phenomena? Lon


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