Haunted highway

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For the paranormal television series, see Haunted Highway (TV series).
Clinton Road, New Jersey, a subject of local folklore and ghost stories

Haunted highways or roads refer to streets, roads or highways which are the subject of folklore and urban legends, including rumors and reports of ghostly apparitions, ghostly figures, phantom hitchhikers, phantom vehicles, or other paranormal phenomena.

Legends[edit]

Annie's Road, United States[edit]

Annie's Road in New Jersey is supposedly haunted by the ghost of a woman killed on the road many years ago. It is located in Totowa on the first half of Riverview Drive.[1]

Belchen Tunnel, Switzerland[edit]

Belchen Tunnel, Switzerland. Sightings of an old woman dressed all in white who supposedly haunts the tunnel.[2]

Boy Scout Lane, United States[edit]

Boy Scout Lane, Wisconsin, a dead-end road with no outlet. A number of ghost stories and urban legends have become associated with the road, including the fictional deaths of a troop of Boy Scouts. The area has been the subject of several paranormal investigations, and has been a 'haunt' for local youths. There are no records of fatalities or mysterious disappearances on or around Boy Scout Lane.

Clinton Road, United States[edit]

Clinton Road in West Milford, Passaic County, New Jersey, is the subject of local folklore that includes alleged sightings of ghosts, strange creatures and gatherings of witches, Satanists and the Ku Klux Klan. Supposedly, if you go to one of the bridges at the reservoir and throw a penny into the water, within a minute it will be thrown back out to or at you by the ghost of a boy who drowned while swimming below or had fallen in while sitting on the edge of the bridge. In some tellings an apparition is seen; in others the ghost pushes the teller into the water if he or she looks over the side of the bridge in order to save him.[3]

Jamestown Road, Jamestown, North Carolina[edit]

Jamestown Road in Jamestown, Guilford County, North Carolina, is the subject of local folklore that includes sightings of a young woman in a white party dress, often seen thumbing for a ride on misty evenings, just before dark. Many reports include people stopping to give her a lift and taking her to her home, only to find that she has vanished right before arriving at the destination without any doors opening. Such sightings have been reported since the 1930s. This is published in the North Carolina book of Ghost Stories. The original road has been abandoned and replaced by a new road. However, the old road is still visible although it and the underpass (where the girl is said to be seen) are almost covered by trees and shrubs. Apparently, in the 1920s, a school girl was coming home from a dance that her parents did not want her to attend because of the young man who was escorting her. Apparently, he had a bad reputation was not acceptable to the girl's family. The young girl was killed on her way back from the dance that misty evening. It is said that she can be seen either standing at the old underpass or walking down the road. However, Guilford County Police do not take kindly to people stopping there so it is best that you keep driving whether you see anything or not, otherwise you could be subjected to a hefty fine.

Stockbridge Bypass, United Kingdom[edit]

A616 road, also called Stockbridge Bypass, connects Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, to the M1 motorway. During its construction, security staff allegedly reported encounters with a ghostly monk believed to have been from the Hunshelf Priory.[4]

A38 road, England[edit]

According to legend, phantom hitchhikers have been reported since the 1950s on the A38 road between Wellington and Taunton in Somerset. One tale holds that in 1958 a lorry driver named "Harry (or "Harold" in some tellings) Unsworth" saw a hitchiker he'd given a ride to earlier re-appear miles down the road from where he'd dropped him off.[5]

A75 road, Scotland[edit]

A75 road - a major road in Scotland from Annan to Gretna Green has been called Scotland's "most haunted road" by some authors.[6][7] According to one story, in 1957 a truck driver swerved to avoid a couple walking in the road but when he stopped to investigate the pair had "vanished". Other versions of the stories tell of a couple or group of friends driving down the road at night and are constantly plagued and harassed by shadow figures, from an elderly woman to the back end of a semi truck that they nearly hit before braking only for it to disappear.

A3 motorway, Croatia[edit]

The section of A3 motorway in Croatia between Staro Petrovo Selo and Nova Gradiška is believed to be haunted due to high number of accidents and paranormal encounters. It is a section where singer Toše Proeski and actress Dolores Lambaša lost their lives.[8][9][10]

E8 Expressway, Malaysia[edit]

The E8 Expressway, also known as the Kuala Lumpur – Karak Expressway, is reportedly one of the most haunted highways in Malaysia,[11] (though there has been no direct evidence of such manifestations). Many people driving late at night claim to see strange creatures and Pontianak on this road.[citation needed]

N9 road, South Africa[edit]

N9 road (South Africa). The road between Uniondale and Willowmore, in the semi-desert area of the Karoo, is the subject of a story of the "Uniondale Phantom Hitchhiker", a girl named "Marie Charlotte Roux" who allegedly died in road accident on a particular stretch of the N9 on April 12, 1968 (Good Friday).[12][12]

National Highway 33 in Jharkhand, India[edit]

Prayers and safe driving tips fail to save many lives on Ranchi Jamshedpur National Highway 33 in Jharkhand. People religiously stop by a Van Devi Temple in Jamshedpur and those from Ranchi stop by Taimara Ghati Hanuman & Kali Mandir (in Bundu) for safe passage. The religious obeisance, however, has not worked for many and a surprisingly large number of people are killed in road accidents between Bundu to Tamar, 40km stretch of the highway. A total of 245 persons have died here in the since year 2010. The chief priest of Taimara Ghati Hanuman & Kali Mandir, Suresh Singh Binjiya said a lady walks through the valley at night.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lost in Jersey". Lost in Jersey. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  2. ^ "Mysterious Britain". Mysterious Britain. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  3. ^ Moran & Sceurman, 204.
  4. ^ Stocksbridge - Sheffield - Stocksbridge Bypass - the Killer Road stocksbridge.org.uk
  5. ^ "Ghosts". Ghosts. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  6. ^ Mystery Mag[dead link]
  7. ^ Smith, Claire (29 September 2006). "Moat haunted - Myths & Legends Part 5: Castles". The Scotsman. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  8. ^ http://www.glas-slavonije.hr/218528/4/Na-ukletim-cestama-neobjasnjive-nesrece
  9. ^ http://www.glas-slavonije.hr/166520/4/Nadgrobni-krizevi-ugradjeni-u-autocestu
  10. ^ http://www.dnevno.hr/vijesti/hrvatska/101681-ukleta-cesta-na-toj-dionici-poginulo-vise-od-500-ljudi-medu-njima-lambasa-i-proeski.html
  11. ^ "Karak Highway". Hungzai.com. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  12. ^ a b Mon, 30/11/2009 - 01:18 (2009-10-10). "Mysterious Britain". Mysterious Britain. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 

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