Buenos Aires, Argentina
During their last 1,000 kilometers of the rally, on September 23 at around 3 AM, the drivers left the main road of Route 3 and began driving along a secluded rural road just past the town of Carmen de Patagones, which would lead them to a town called Cardenal Cagliero. At this time Carlos was at the wheel, and in his rearview mirror he suddenly noticed a bright light with a strange quality he described as “dense and yellowish,” which he at first thought to be perhaps the headlights of another vehicle and which seemed to be growing closer and brighter at a rapid pace. Carlos pulled the car over to the side of the road, still thinking that this was another car or truck and thinking he would let it pass. Allegedly at that moment the entire vehicle was suddenly completely bathed in a breathtaking brilliant white light. Carlos would say of the bizarre events that followed thus:
Light flooded the passenger compartment and I couldn’t see beyond the hood of the car. It was a dense, brilliant light, yellow in color with some violet hues. I thought I’d lost control of the car at the moment. I looked through the window and saw we were nearly two meters over the asphalt surface. I suddenly thought we had jumped over a speed bump and braced myself on the steering wheel, waiting for the moment we’d hit the surface again.
After a few seconds, I don’t know, maybe some 5 or 10, I reacted and realized that something completely abnormal was going on. I wanted to look out the window again, but all I could see was that dense light. I remember I started screaming ‘what’s going on?’ but Moya wasn’t answering. When I looked to my right, my companion wasn’t there, or at least I couldn’t see him. I couldn’t even see the dashboard. I could only see that dense light that looked liquid, I don’t know, sort of viscous.
Meanwhile, the other passenger, Miguel Angel Moya, was indeed there, and was described as being completely terrified by the situation, which to be fair was probably the correct response to such a completely otherworldly series of events. Miguel would later recall of the surreal situation:
Initially I also thought it was a speed bump, and was scared at the thought of the vehicle overturning, but when I noticed that the car appeared to float in the air and wasn’t coming down, I became even more frightened. It was a situation I couldn’t really understand. I looked at Carlos and I saw him completely stiff, clutching the steering wheel with his arms outstretched and staring forward. It seemed like he was screaming but I couldn’t hear anything. I could see everything as if through a yellow fog, as if I was distant, somewhere else. I think my first reaction was to try and flee from there, but when I tried to open the door it wouldn’t budge, as if welded shut. I noticed the temperature was rising, although it could have been the result of my state of fear. Suddenly the light covered everything and I couldn’t see a thing, not even my hands, nothing.