Note: For more information about this and other ghost lights, check out my book The True Ghost Stories Archive: Spooklights, available on Amazon in ebook and paperback. Below is a condensed version of the chapter in the book.
Location: Crossett, Arkansas
Appearance: White, blue, red, or greenish ball of light that hovers several feet above the ground, sometimes swinging back and forth. Size varies from two feet across to man-sized. May approach the observer and reappear behind him. May also display avoidant behavior. May hover over vehicle hoods or travel through the vehicle, or shoot up into the trees.
- The light is said to be that of a railroad worker who was decapitated in an accident.
- A second story claims the light is the headlight of a train that was derailed, killing passengers.
Other explanations: None.
Additional notes: This light has been active since the 1950s.
“It is fairly large, about a humans size or slightly smaller and ranges from blue, to yellowish green in color.” – Matthew, February 2000
“I have even heard of folks who came almost within arm’s reach of the glowing orb, only to have it disappear and reappear several yards down the track. I’ve not heard anyone lately tell of seeing the light, but at one time it was a regular Saturday night pastime.” – Mark, March 2000
“The description that he gave me was of a round semi-opaque ball of light about two to two-and-a-half feet in diameter that was somewhat ragged on the bottom, as if it had sort of pulled itself loose.” – Avis, February 2002
“I am 50 years old now, and I saw the Crossett Light twice-once when I was about 8 years old and again at about 13 years old. Sometimes it would change colors, but primarily it was white. It would change sizes, and the most incredible thing was that it would dart into the woods in a straight line, and you could see it hovering among the trees. Then, it would dart back, right in the middle of the tracks and just glow steadily.” – Deborah, April 2002
“The strangest sighting of it I ever had was back around 1979 or so– a friend and I were out riding and having a few beers and we decided to stop in the middle of the tracks and take a look. Sure enough, it was out and hovering over the tracks, showing a swinging motion like someone carrying a lantern.” – McCay, November 2002