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Occurred : 3/19/1996 20:30 (Entered as : 3/19/96 8:30 pm)
Reported: 7/10/1999 10:37
Posted: 2/25/2003
Location: Texas highway 54 heading into NM - after crossing I-10, TX
Shape: Other
Duration:2-3 minutes
Typo in fist report...1996...First saw bright non-stationary object in the sky, then felt the head from this "hot star" on the left side of my face...a few minutes later encountered a bright white light, in the shape of gigantic wave, which engulfed me and the car...as it passed through me it was as if every pour in my body was discharging electricity...perhaps a fear response...not sure...never happened before.

I was driving from Houston to Sante Fe. I had gotten lost earlier in the day and ended up on Highway 90 moving up the West Texas coast. I was way off course...and stopped at the intersection of Highway 90, which became Texas Highway 54, and I-10. I stopped to get coffee before making the decision of staying on the main highway or the short-cut. I encountered three people outside the cafe who suggested I not take Texas Route 54. I decided to take this route since it would cut many hours off of my journey...so I could get to the slopes the next day. The road was isolated...I saw no traffic or animals...it was flat...and teh sky was incredibly clear...I noticed to the left in the sky, that one of the "stars" was moving...it seemed to flit back and forth in the sky...I thought I was imagining things...but I had made myself agree not to stop on the road, let alone at night for no reason...since I am female and traveling alone. I then felt heat on my face, from the object in the sky. In the distance on this flat road I could see head lights...it was a sort of reassuring thing that I was not alone...the head lights did not seem to get any closer...I realize there are optical illusions on flat roads...I've lived in Texas too long. Then the lights became very, very bright, blinding. I did not know what to do...if I moved to the left...a car could be oncoming...and if I went to the right I would be in a ditch...so I slowed down...and the very large wave of bright, white light engulfed me and the car...my body had an electrical discharge...I just kept driving straight...it last a few minutes (I think) and then to my left I saw the trailer of an 18 wheeler which was so close it made my car shake. I took my cat with me who had been sleeping in the back of the car...after all this happened I noticed him sitting in the front...unaffected...awake...just looking at me...then went back to sleep for the rest of our journey. I was terrified....because of the light, because of almost making the decision to change lanes and so close to being crushed by this truck. I did not report this because...well, I told a few people...and they thought I was crazy...I have been in psyhotherapy of some years as it was...no crazy per say...but many issues...so I decided not to set myself up for ridicule. Since this time in 1996, I have resolved much of the stuff in my life...and now I want to know more about what happened to me on the desert road...if there any other similar reports...anything at all... P.S. My car was not new...but it never ran better than it did that night...it was as if the tires were not even on the ground...sort of floating.