|Occurred : 2/2/2014 21:00 (Entered as : 02/02/14 21:00)
Reported: 2/4/2014 6:13:19 PM 18:13
Location: Bluefield/Bland Virginia, WV
|White light and flash?
My fiancee and I were traveling back from West Virginia to South Carolina on Sunday. I had national guard drill on this weekend.
We left WV around 6-615pm because the snow storm started and I had to work Monday night and didn't want to be stranded and miss work. It takes about 2-3 hours to get to the East River Mountain Tunnel where this occured. (Bluefield WV - Bland County Virginia I-77 southbound). We exited the tunnel which enters Virginia - Bland County? Not 100% on that.
After exiting I looked to the right because cops/state police usually sit there and a car passed us going over the speed limited which is why I looked there. The next thing I remember I was facing forward without remembering changing the way I was looking. It almost looked like it was daylight outside, but the light seemed like a white light with a extremely light haze/fog.
During this time I remember thinking why is it light outside its 9-10pm at night in the winter, then a bright flash came over and the light was gone.
My fiancee next said did the car just die or are the lights off? We both looked and the car was still running and the lights were still on, the transition from the bright light to just the car lights may have caused us to think the car died or the lights were off.
We had also slowed down from about 55 mph to about 35-40 mph, as well as the car in front of us and cars in the opposite lanes. This is when we questioned what just happened it all seemed to happen in a short amount of time. I remember looking back and the tunnel was not in sight...which means we traveled a good distance in this white light before the flash and us slowing down and it seemed like several minutes passed by during this.
Has anyone else experienced something like this?
I would also like to add I saw a strange formation of lights with no particular pattern that we both saw in Charleston, WV, about 2 hours before exiting the tunnel. The colors of light in the staggered! formation were a bright white to a burnt orange