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October 19, 1954, Saint-Didier-en-Velay, Haute-Loire:

Reference number for this case: 19-Oct-54-Saint-Didier-en-Velay. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. qh1:] "LE QUOTIDIEN DE LA HAUTE-LOIRE" NEWSPAPER:

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IS IT THE "MARTIAN TRICK"? A FLAME PASSES AND THE TRUCK IS STOPPED

Tuesday, October 19, Mr. Jean Payrard, conveyor at the Grangette house, wholesale grocer, in St-Didier-in-Velay (the Haute-Loire), came to make deliveries with at Bourg-Argentai when towards 08:45, on the road before arriving at St Didier, between the villages of Furnace and Robert, he saw a flame of approximately a meter passing in front of his truck. His engine stopped short as well as his lighting. He went down from his cabin and did not find anything abnormal with his vehicle. A little later his lighting restarted for a short duration. Four to five minutes afterwards, the engine and lighting resumed their normal operation. he same adventure arrived, some days ago, one morning to a milk conveyor of Jonzieux (the Loire).

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[Ref. js1:] JEAN SIDER:

Jean Sider found this case by an article of the newspaper Le Quotidien de Haute-Loire for October 24, 1954. He gives the contents of it as follows.

On October 19, 1954 at 08:45 P.M., Jean Peyrard drove a of delivery truck, returning from Bourg-Argental, being between Four and Robert near Saint-Didier-in-Velay in the Haute-Loire.

There, he saw a flame of approximately one meter passing in front of his truck.

At the same time, the engine of his truck as well as the truck's lighting stopped dead.

He got out of his truck and did not find anything abnormal, and little after, the headlights re-ignited but only for one short moment.

Four to five minutes later, the truck's lighting and engine started to function gain as before this incident.

Jean Sider provides the account by the newspaper as:

"On Tuesday 19, Mr. Jean Peyrard, conveyor at the Grangette house, a wholesale grocery in Saint-Didier-in-Velay, had just made deliveries on Bourg-Argental when at approximately 08:45 P.M., on the road before to arrive at Saint-Didier, between the villages of Four and of Robert, he saw a flame of approximately a meter passing in front of him. His engine stopped short, as well as his headlights. He went down from his cabin and did not find anything abnormal with his vehicle. A little later, his lighting functioned again for a short duration. Four or five minutes later, the engine and the headlights start again to function normally. The same adventure occurred a few days ago, one morning, to a milk conveyor of Jonzieux."

[Ref. dj1:] DONALD JOHNSON:

October 19

1954 - At 8:45 p.m a flaming object buzzed a truck driving in St. Didier-en-Velay, Haute-Loire, France causing the engine and headlights to die. They functioned again after the object departed. (Source: Jean Sider, Dossier 1954 et l'Imposture Rationaliste, p. 115).

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 19 October 1954 at 20:50 in St Didier-En-Velay, France, "Flame buzzes truck. Electromagnetic effects: engine and lights died. OK after object departs." And: "An object was observed. It buzzed a witness. Electromagnetic effects were noted. One fiery object was observed on a road for over four minutes."

The source is indicated as Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

[Ref. ni1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

*Oct. 19, 1954 - At 8:45 p.m a flaming object buzzed a truck driving in St. Didier-en-Velay, Haute-Loire, France causing the engine and headlights to die. They functioned again after the object departed. (Source: Jean Sider, Dossier 1954 et l'Imposture Rationaliste, p. 115).

Notes:

It is possible that the witness "Jean Peyrard" is also the author of the book "Histoire Secrète de l'Auvergne", 1974, and the book "Le Triangle de Burle" published in 1987 then reprinted in 2007 by Créer publishers, France, arguing that there is a kind of "Bermuda Triangle" between Puy-en-Velay, the Pilate Mount and the Mezenc Mount with the reason, inter alia, that many planes allegedly crashed there and numerous UFOs were reportedly sighted there.

Explanations:

Not looked for yet.

Keywords:

(These keywords are only to help queries and are not implying anything.)

Saint-Didier-en-Velay, Haute-Loire, Four, Robert, Jean Peyrard, truck, road, flame, failure, stall, power, headlights, night

Sources:

[---] indicates sources which I have not yet checked.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross March 16, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 4, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [dj1], [ud1], Notes.
1.1 Patrick Gross October 18, 2014 Addition [ni1].

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