Haunted Roads And Their Paranormal Encounters: Chilling Legends From Around The World

First Published: April 13, 2018 Last updated: October 16th, 2020 Written by: Marcus Lowth Estimated Reading Time: 25 minutes Posted in: Supernatural, Ghosts & Hauntings

Given the sheer number of people that have trodden on them throughout the ages, on various journeys for a plethora of reasons, perhaps it is no wonder that some of the world’s roads and highways are also some of the most haunted places on Earth. And many of the world’s modern roads reside on top of grounds once home to civilizations long gone, quite possibly with an abundance of energy from long ago stored within and beneath their structures.

A depiction of a dark, wet, haunted road

Many of the world’s roads are haunted

It is quite possible, even probable, that there may one day be “reasonable” explanations for the multiple reports and stories of strange sightings and experiences on such apparently haunted roads. Until then, however, we need to accept that some regions of the Earth, some of them literally on our doorstep, is home to activity that is still unexplained.

Bloods Point Road in Illinois, for example, is quite possibly one of the most haunted roads in America. This lonely stretch is littered with paranormal activity, dark stories, and even tales of witchcraft. There are many accounts of fatal crashes on the road as well as accounts of phantom vehicles vanishing into thin air. There are also reports of several bizarre suicides at the railroad bridge at Blood Point. Sources differ, but between four and eight bodies have been discovered hanging from the bridge. Many others have flung themselves to their deaths here – including Arthur Blood, who founded the town in 1877. So intense is the activity that many people avoid using the road altogether. Those that do often report electronic malfunctions of their car’s equipment and radio.

Before we look at some of the world’s other most mysterious and haunting routes, check out the video below. It looks at Blood Point Road a little further.

Strange White Figures and “Possessed Animals!”

One of the strangest roads in the United States is perhaps Kelly Road in Pennsylvania. According to many reports from people who have traveled on this mile-stretch, it is a hot-spot for paranormal events. Many people who have pets and have traveled this road with them, state that they suddenly become violent-natured as if they are possessed. Strange noises are also reported from the thick and dense woodland that surrounds it. Even “white figures” are reported by many motorists. Some refer to this stretch of road as the Mystery Mile. Legends local to the area state the land is cursed by Native Americans, whose land the road now sits.

The spotting of “white figures” is interesting. Hicks Road in California has regular sightings of “white albino creatures” who venture to the roadside at night from the woodlands and mountains. Local legends state these albinos are cannibals who live in “shack-like huts off the beaten track”. Some people who have ventured down Hicks Road also report being chased by a rundown pick-up truck which suddenly disappears.

Although it is impossible to travel by car, the Lawler Ford Road in Missouri – better known as Zombie Road – is one of the most haunted in middle America. Still open to hikers, many people report seeing the spirits of Native Americans, groups of children, and industrial workers from long ago. Sightings of old Confederate soldiers from the Civil War are also common (this road was regularly used by soldiers during that time). Incidentally, it is also one of the largest Native American burial mounds in the United States.

The short video below looks at Zombie Road in a little more detail.

The Haunting Roads Of Suffolk County, New York

Mount Misery Road and Sweet Hollow Road are neighbors that run parallel to each other just outside of Manhattan. As well as sharing the same stretch of land in Suffolk County, New York, they also share a long history of bizarre and chilling tales.

Local history suggests that local Native American tribes “considered the area cursed” and wouldn’t enter set foot on it. When pilgrims arrived and “settled” the region, they happily ventured into the area. Since then the strange sightings and noises from the surrounding woodland have dominated local legends.

The roads themselves are over some of the most unforgiving terrains in the New York area and there are many crashes on record. One particular crash near the Northern State Parkway overpass would result in the death of a popular local woman. Not only are there several sightings of a mysterious lady near the overpass, there are tales of “invisible hands” pushing stranded motorists uphill to safety and out of harm’s way.

There are also more sinister tales from these roads, however, such as the policeman with the back of his head missing. Or the account which tells of an asylum which “burnt to the ground” after a patient set it on fire in order to kill herself. Accordingly, there are reports of “figures in white” who roam the area. Incidentally, this is very similar to the account at the “Seven Gates of Hell” in Pennsylvania.

The short video below looks at these New York roads in a little more detail.

Clinton Road, New Jersey – A Paranormal Hive?

Located in the Passaic County region of New Jersey is Clinton Road, an approximate 10 mile stretch of road that is home to all manner of paranormal activity and dark practices. From sightings of ghostly figures, strange lights, and even bizarre, monstrous creatures, the surrounding woodland also has rumors of Satanic and Occult gatherings, claims of witches, and even a place where hitmen would bring their victims to dispose of. There are even claims of a Druidic temple just off the road which some people claim still acts as a location of ritual.

If that is not unnerving enough, there are also reports of “phantom vehicles” appearing out of nowhere on the road and approaching oncoming motorists. These can be cars but most often is a pickup truck. Some cars undoubtedly swerve to avoid this oncoming ghostly traffic, the ghost vehicles themselves, though, simply disappear.

Perhaps the most interesting tale, though, is that of the Ghost Boy near a bridge on a section of the road named Dead Man’s Curve. On the bridge – for reasons unknown – visitors will find a yellow line. According to local legends, if a quarter is placed on this line at midnight, the person who placed it will find it mysteriously returned to them. Other legends state that if a quarter is thrown into the water it will be thrown back by the mysterious boy. However, if you were to stand too close to the edge of the bridge to peer over the railings, you just might find some unseen force pushing you over and into the water.

Another strange location just off Clinton Road is Cross Castle, a structure built in the early 1900s by Richard Cross. However, by the time the Cross family had been long gone, the castle was partly destroyed by a fire and was left to rot in the years that followed in the second half of the 20th century. Those who venture that way today have often speak of strange activity taking place.

Many people report a feeling of despair, while others even claim to have seen bruises appear out of nowhere on their bodies. Even more disturbing are the claims of people suddenly having “visions” in the mind – as if their thoughts were suddenly not their own – or of those people who have even experienced seizures while in the castle grounds.

The short video below examines this roadway further.

The Many Encounters On Shades Of Death Road, New Jersey

Without a doubt, one of the most chilling haunted roads of the United States can also be found in New Jersey along the tentatively titles Shades Of Death Road (and yes, that is its real name). The road runs through the Liberty and Independence regions of the state and is not only said to be haunted but also has several particularly intriguing hotspots of paranormal activity that sit alongside it.

We will return to these shortly. First, however, we will look at some of the folklore and urban legends that give birth to some of the apparent hauntings along the road itself.

Perhaps the best place to start would the three murders that took place along this now notorious stretch of road in the 1920s and 30s. One of these was a simple case of robbery gone too far when a man was killed by a blow to the head. Another murder saw a resident of the area, Bill Cummins, shot on the roadside. Incidentally, his murder was never solved. Perhaps the most harrowing murder was when a man was beheaded by his wife, who then buried his and body on different sides of the road.

Even before those horrific murders, in the centuries before parts of the road were favorites of highwaymen who would not only rob their victims but usually kill them and leave where they fell at the roadside. In return, are stories of local residents turning the tables on such highwaymen, hiding under the many trees that were scattered along the roadside, overpowering them, and then hanging them from a tree that overlooked the road.

Shades of Death Road roadsign

Shades of Death Road roadsign

These extensive areas of woodland along the Shades of Death Road also provided cover for multiple other murders, many of which have never been solved. Furthermore, during the mid-to-late 1800s, largely due to the swampland around certain parts of the road, the region suffered particularly large and severe outbreaks of malaria.

As there was often little effective medical expertise or medicine in the area, many who succumbed to the disease would be taken to the roadside and left there. The reason for this was simply it presented a person’s best chance of receiving medical assistance on the off chance that a doctor would pass by. Many people died from the disease waiting for such medical assistance. These outbreaks and the grim consequences thereof eventually resulted in the government draining the swamplands and depriving the disease-carrying insects of their habitat.

In more modern times, the road has been the scene of numerous fatal car crashes, giving the road even more negative and deadly energy to draw from. And that energy likely results in the much-reported paranormal activity that continues today.

Paranormal Hotspots Along The Roadside

There are many hotspots of paranormal activity that run alongside the Shades of Death Road. As we might imagine, before the arrival of the pilgrims, Native American tribes would have inhabited the lands the road runs through now. It is perhaps no surprise, then, to hear of sightings of Native American spirit guides who seemingly morph into an animal, most often (in these local accounts), a deer. What is particularly intriguing about these sightings are the local legends that should a motorist see this spirit guide on the road itself but continue on without slowing, then you are likely to be involved in a collision with a deer shortly after.

Furthermore, there are legends of ghostly Native American activity at Ghost Lake. Many who visit there report how the sky appears bright as day even though it is late at night. Others even report strange “pillars of mist” that rise out of the water and then vanish again. One local resident, Peter Valliere, would claim that he had heard legends of Native Americans being murdered by “early settlers” before “throwing them into the lake”. He would also claim to have seen the strange mist pillars himself.

Equally unsettling are the claims surrounding Lenape Lane, a dead-end roadway that runs off the main road. At the end of this road is an abandoned farmhouse. Many who have dared to visit the location speak of seeing strange ghostly figures as well as bizarre and fast-appearing mists or fogs. Perhaps even stranger or the orbs of light that are sometimes reported in this region.

The short video below looks at Shades of Death Road a little further.

The Aptly-Named Highway 666, Utah

Perhaps it is the name (although it is now known as Highway 191), a road labeled Highway 666 was surely bound to attract strange activity and multiple accidents. And that is certainly the case here.

Maybe the reason for the many accidents along this stretch of road is down to the many ghostly apparitions and strange figures that seemingly appear out of nowhere. For example, many people speak of seeing a girl walking calmly at the side of the road. However, should you decide to approach this girl to offer help, she will simply disappear.

Even more chilling are the accounts that tell of motorists suddenly noticing a strange figure in the backseat of the car while driving. They often vanish as soon as they are noticed. Some researchers and those local to the area suggest always ensuring there is “no space” left in the vehicle for such ghostly hitchhikers.

There is even a report from one stunned motorist who witnessed a truck traveling down the road toward him. The vehicle had seemingly appeared out of nowhere, but that wasn’t the strangest thing. The strangest part of the sighting was that the truck appeared to be engulfed in flames. The motorist would pull his vehicle to the side of the road and then exit it stepping several feet away so as to avoid any collision. The truck passed the car and disappeared into the distance.

In short, whether it is merely urban legends or very real, those who are familiar with Highway 666 offer that should spot anything strange or untoward along the road or the roadside, the best thing to do is to keep going.

The short video below examines this strange stretch of road a little further.

The Voodoo Village At The End Of Mary Angela Road, Tennessee

Although it is not the road itself, but a small, abandoned park that Mary Angela Road leads to, it is most certainly worthy of inclusion here. And not just because of the chilling, creepy atmosphere that permeates the region, but also due to the (at times) aggressive response to visitors by some local residents.

The ruined park is a bizarre one-time community full of strange, abandoned buildings, one of which is an abandoned Masonic Lodge complete with many Masonic symbols inside. It resides at the end of the above road on the outskirts of Memphis, Tennessee, not far from the Mississippi River. It is known, at least to those outside of the region, as Voodoo Village.

What is perhaps most interesting, rather than legend stemming from the immediate community (which would usually be the case), it appears in this case those urban myths come from those who visit the site. These include that Satanic rituals take place there, some of which even include animal sacrifice.

Of course, this is disputed by the local residents. And there have been heated exchanges – even some rumored physical attacks – from those who might come across adventure-seekers looking to explore. Especially if those people are looking to take pictures of the abandoned facility or capture video footage of it. Whether this because they don’t wish their home to attract more unwanted attention or whether there is genuinely something to hide perhaps remains open to debate for some.

However, whether the rumors of the activities there are true or not, one thing that most who have visited the Voodoo Village agree on is that there is a very definite weird atmosphere surrounding it. What’s more, this is usually noticed along Mary Angela Road before you even arrive at the abandoned park. Almost as if there is a strange presence looking to guard entry to the location, at least until some of the locals can arrive.

The short video below looks at this a little further.

The Blank-Faced Hitchhiker Of Dead Man’s Curve, Ohio

Not to be confused with the Dead Man’s Curve along the Clinton Road in New Jersey, this road in Cincinnati is one that claims to be haunted and, unlike local folklore legends, also has some real officially documented incidents that, in theory, back them up. And not just that, the road is said by residents of the state to be the most haunted spot in the whole of Ohio.

Originally part of the Ohio Turnpike, the road has been open to traffic of all kinds since the early 1830s. As we might imagine, it will have seen its fair share of accidents, many of which were fatal. Perhaps that is why there are numerous reports each year of strange figures appearing on the road or at the roadside.

Some reports even speak of a strange hitchhiker who walks along the roadside. This mysterious man is often dressed in light trousers and blue shirt. Some descriptions claim the figure to have long hair. However, it is the face that is perhaps most alarming, given when the figure turns to face a slowing vehicle ready to offer him a lift, there is simply a black, blank surface instead of the features of a human face. Even more disturbing are the reports that this faceless hitchhiker will sometimes “chase” vehicles. Others claim that rocks suddenly hit their vehicle after such a sighting, although they can’t see where the rocks are coming from or who is throwing them.

Sightings of strange figures on the road appearing out of nowhere, or of even stranger figures looking to hitch rides along the roadside continue today. As does the interest in the road from paranormal investigators and enthusiasts alike.

The video below looks at this mysterious and chilling road a little further.

Other Mysterious Haunting Roads Of Ohio

There are several other mysterious roads in Ohio. For example, Gormley Road in the Fayette County region of the state is one that many local residents claim has a “bad” feel about it. And that well might be to do with the numerous car accidents that have happened there. As a result, it is believed by some that many spirits of those who lost their lives on the road roam the area.

Indeed, researchers and enthusiasts who have visited the region often speak of hearing strange whispering going on around them, although they can’t quite place the direction, and they certainly can’t see anybody there. Others will speak of seeing strange movements in the surrounding woodland or on the road itself out of the corner of their eye.

How a typical spooky road might look

How a typical spooky road might look

Another allegedly haunted road in Ohio can be found in the town of Mansfield. There, the Reformatory Road is said to contain the spirit of an eccentric woman named Phoebe Wise (who did actually exist) who lived alone in a property along the road. Wise would ultimately inherit the money of the family upon their death. And as soon as news of this spread and, at least according to some local legends, many opportunistic criminals made efforts to obtain these riches, even breaking into her home on several occasions. They were never successful, though.

Following her death in 1933, however, many people began to report seeing the elderly lady wandering along Reformatory Road at night. Like many other such spirits, she would often disappear into thin air. There are several reasons as to why she might roam the road. The most popular of these, and perhaps most credible if the sightings are ever proven authentic, is that she is permanently keeping watch along the road for such criminal types as the ones who made attempts to steal her riches.

Hallucination Inducing Roads and Strange Tunnels

The A3 Motorway, or at least a section of it, in Croatia is largely seen as one of the most bizarre in Europe. The stretch in question, in between Staro Petrovo Selo and Nova Gradiska, experiences some of the most unusual events on record. According to people local to the area, it is “dark forces” who are to blame, as “drivers experience hallucinations and unexplained phenomena!

There have been more than 2,000 accidents on this particular stretch of road, with just short of 200 injuries and over fifty deaths. People often report seeing ghostly figures at the side or in the middle of the road. There are also regular reports of a strange girl at the roadside, standing as if she is waiting for a lift. When drivers get out of their cars to help, the girl is nowhere to be seen.

The Belchen Tunnel on the A2 motorway between Basel and Chiasso in Switzerland is also home to a ghostly presence. Most specifically that of an old woman dressed completely in white, and consequently referred to as the “White Lady”.

The stories began almost as soon as the tunnel opened in the early 1960s, with many people reporting they had picked up the women as a hitchhiker. She would sometimes speak to the driver, often making predictions and warnings. As the vehicle entered the Belchen Tunnel, however, this mysterious lady would disappear from her seat. Some people report a similar story, only the person in white is a male hitchhiker. Perhaps, if we believe the accounts to be real, this suggests that the spirit can manifest itself in different forms.

The Roman Soldiers of the M6, United Kingdom

Should you decide to take a journey down the M6 in the United Kingdom, there is a chance you might see a legion of Roman soldiers marching alongside your vehicle, at least according to the legends. The majority of these sightings take place at Junction 19 of the north-south link to Rugby. What is perhaps interesting is that two major Roman roads existed close to Rugby – the Fosse Way and Watling Street, with great sections of both roads still existing today. Furthermore, these roads would both cross at what we call today, High Cross. In Roman times this meeting point was called Venonae and is just over ten miles from Rugby.

A Roman-British settlement and fort are still visible in High Cross today, and it is well documented that the Romans had a considerable presence in the UK. In October 2016, however, came the discovery of an ancient Roman settlement just outside of Rugby. The remains date back to between 1000 and 500BC. Along with the regular sightings of Roman soldiers on the M6 this may suggest the area to be one of unknown importance of an unknown event in Roman history – strong enough to have left such an impression of energy across the centuries.

It isn’t just Roman soldiers, however. There have been reports of strange activity since the road’s official opening in December 1958. Many “ghost cars” are seen on the side of the road as if they have been in a horrific accident. Perhaps more frightening, and dangerous, are the reports of the “phantom lorry” driving the wrong way down the motorway.

A picture of a lonely road in a wood

Do Roman soldiers haunt the M6

Ghost Brides, Phantom Hitchhikers, and Vanishing Roads!

There are plenty of other spine-tingling sections of roads in the United Kingdom. The A229 in Kent, for example, has regular sightings of a lady dressed in white who appears on the road only to disappear again shortly after. What is particularly strange is that a young lady named, Judith Langham was knocked down and killed on this stretch of road in 1965. Furthermore, it was on her wedding day and she was wearing her bridal dress (some sources state the incident took place on her hen-night).

There is also the strange tales of people who have picked up a hitchhiker on this stretch of road. This talkative fellow is pleasant enough, only he suddenly vanishes once you leave the A229. Many people have reported this. We can only guess at how many others neglected to speak of their strange ordeals.

A section of road in South London, the A21 is even stranger. Many motorists report that the road simply disappears in front of them. This happens where the new section of the dual carriageway meets the Old Gracious Lane. As the road vanishes, another road “takes its place” which leads cars the wrong way. There are also reports of a ghostly figure – many report a grey-haired woman, in a long coat.

Widely regarded as the most haunted road in Scotland is the A75. Many motorists report animals or even people appearing out of nowhere and then vanishing just as quickly. In 1962, two brothers, Derek and Norman Ferguson, would report a “phantom hen” flying directly at their windshield, only to vanish at the moment of impact. In 1997, motorist, Donna Maxwell, would report to police she had hit someone who had suddenly appeared in the road. Despite an extensive search of the area, no pedestrian came forward.

Haunted Bridges

It is probably very much worth our time examining some of the world’s haunted bridges. After all, while the bridge itself, in the following cases, is the apparent central point of paranormal activity, they are reached by roads on either side.

We might note, incidentally, that while there will undoubtedly be haunted bridges all over the world in almost every country, many of the most well known appear to reside in the United States. We will start, though, with an alleged haunted bridge north of America’s border, in Canada.

The Hooded Woman In White On The Dunvegan Bridge, Alberta, Canada

The Dunvgegan Bridge in Alberta, Canada, is not one that necessarily features the kind of ghosts that will send you running in the opposite direction as fast as your legs will carry you, but rather it appears to be a place mixed with sightings of a strange, but seemingly harmless entity and local folklore and urban legend.

The legend states that almost as soon as the bridge opened in late 1960, did two local residents witness something bizarre in the middle of it. They were traveling in their car along the bridge in a particularly violent snowstorm. However, when they each saw the sudden appearance of a strange woman in the middle of the road, they brought the vehicle to a stop.

The Dunvgegan Bridge in Alberta, Canada

The Dunvgegan Bridge in Alberta, Canada

As if that wasn’t bizarre enough, the woman was barefoot while otherwise dressed in a hooded white cloak. The men approached the woman and asked if she was alright and if she needed a ride. However, she simply ignored them, as if they weren’t there. The two men returned to their vehicle and continued on their way.

They would return to the same spot over the next week or so in the hopes of seeing the strange woman again. They would even bring other friends with them so that they had further witnesses to what they now suspected was a ghost. Eventually, they did indeed see her again, dressed in the same clothes and appearing to pick berries (even the snow was still thick on the ground).

Whoever the women in white might have been is open for debate. As is whether there are any further similar reports. The Dunvegan Bridge, though, is said to be one of the most active paranormal locations in Canada.

The Suicide Ghost Of Dalmarnock Bridge, Glasgow, Scotland

Without a doubt, one of the strangest and most harrowing ghostly bridges is the Dalmarnock Bridge in Glasgow in Scotland. It is there that many motorists approaching the bridge or even those walking near it, often see a man in his 30s preparing the leap from the edge of the railings. When he does jump, though, he simply disappears before he hits the ground.

Many of those who have witnessed this apparent suicidal ghost all attest to how “real, solid, and normal” he appears. That is, until he jumps and vanishes from sight. The identity of the ghostly figure (when they were alive) is now known. However, the fact that so many people have witnessed the ghost leap to his “death” should tell us that something strange does indeed manifest there.

Of course, if any researcher or passer-by happened to capture footage of the leaping ghost that would certainly add that extra touch of credibility.

The Unnerving Legend Of Goatman’s Bridge, Texas

Officially called the Old Alton Bridge, Goatman’s Bridge near Denton in Texas is home to one of the most interesting if chilling legends on record. The bridge was an important piece of infrastructure when it was first built as it enabled the transportation of goods, produce, cattle, and even people to become much quicker.

However, the history of the bridge is a lot darker. And what’s more, the account is said to have taken place in relatively recent times. In the mid-1930s, Oscar Washburn – who happened to be black – gave himself the name, The Goatman due to his apparently extremely successful goat breeding programs. And what’s more, he intended to get his name out to as many people as possible. He would eventually place a sign on the bridge directing people to his property.

In reaction to this, a faction of the KKK would seek out Washburn, abduct him from his home, and then hang him from the bridge. However, when they went to ensure he was dead, his body was not only not at the end of the rope, but it had seemingly disappeared into thin air. Legends state that in response to this, the group returned to Washburn’s home, possibly looking to see if the goat breeder had returned. Upon discovering he hadn’t they proceeded to murder any family members who were in the house. We should also mention that the Goatman was not seen again – at least not alive.

As we might imagine, in the decades that followed the apparent multiple murders there have been multiple reports of strange lights on the bridge, as well as sightings of the Goatman himself. According to locals, if you are brave enough to drive across the bridge at night with no headlights, then the Goatman will appear in front of your vehicle.

The short video examines this most intriguing bridge a little further.

A Tale Of Vengeance Sparks Haunting Of Donkey Lady Bridge, Texas

Another bizarrely haunted bridge also sits in Texas and dates back to an apparent account of vengeance in the mid-1800s. Just outside of San Antonio, the bridge – which overlays Elm Creek – is said to be home to a spirit of a long-dead woman known to locals as the Donkey Lady.

According to the legend, the Donkey Lady was once the wife of a Texas rancher, who lived close by with their family. However, although the details are sketchy, things began to unravel from the family when the son of a rich and influential local businessman was seemingly attacked by one of the family’s donkeys. In response, the young man began to hit and kick at the animal.

The family witnessed this apparent exchange and ran over to the scene to stop the killing of one of their valuable animals. They would resort to throwing stones toward the young man, who eventually ceased his actions and left the scene. However, as he did so, he promised he would back for revenge for the family’s actions. And it was a promise that he made good on.

That evening, after having rounded by several people from the town to assist, he returned to the ranch and set it alight. When neighbors attempted to put the fire out and warn the family, they were purposely held back. Eventually, the Donkey Lady’s husband managed to fight through the flames and exited the burning building. For his troubles, however, the young man aimed his gun at him and shot him dead.

Satisfied with their work, the mob left the house to burn to the ground. It is assumed that the children perished inside, but legend claims that the wife managed to escape, even though she was extremely badly burned from head to toe. The account states she found a sanctuary of sorts at the bridge. However, no one ever saw her again. Whether she died of her injuries or simply left the area is unknown.

In the years that followed there were many sightings of the badly burned woman – now referred to as the Donkey Lady. And these sightings continue into the modern age. The bridge is a popular location with genuine paranormal investigators and adventure seekers. How true the legend is, though, and who genuine the claims of seeing the incinerated woman remains up for debate.

The short video below looks at the apparently haunted bridge in a little more detail.

The Crying Children Of Egypt Road Bridge, Ohio

An unused bridge in Salem, Ohio is equally as disturbing. Perhaps more so as visitors to the bridge are forbidden from driving their cars over it due to the unsound condition it remains in. Instead, they must park their vehicles nearby and proceed on foot. And when they do, they can expect to hear the cries of pain and anguish of the spirits of several children.

Whatever the realities of the bridge might be, there are several local urban legends that surround it. Most revolve around a young child drowning in the water below, or sometimes of a mother attempting to save her child from the water but failing. Ultimately, though, locals will tell you that several young children have died in the water near the bridge.

Paranormal investigators have a particular interest in the Egypt Road Bridge. And several strange incidents and sightings have been witnessed by such teams. Furthermore, unlike many roads and bridges that we examining here, these paranormal episodes are said to take place at any time of the day and night.

The video below examines this strange bridge a little further.

The Very Real Unsettling Atmosphere Of Airtight Bridge, Illinois

Although there have been no actual sightings of ghosts or spirits at Airtight Bridge in Ashmore, Illinois, many who visit it – and plenty more purposely avoid it – claim there is an instant feeling of dread and anxiousness that overcomes them when they approach.

When we note that a brutal murder likely happened under the bridge in 1980 then perhaps those feelings of dread are all the more understandable. On that day four decades ago, the discovery was made of a murdered woman under the bridge. Her hands had been removed meaning that it would take police over a decade to identify her. When they finally did (naming her as Diana Maria Riordan-Small) it failed to lead to any new leads and her murder remains unsolved.

Whether her spirit does indeed haunt the bridge today, resulting in the chilling feelings that many claim they have felt there, is open to debate. And despite no concrete sightings of the murdered woman, the bridge is perhaps an ideal place to study such build-ups of energy following such a traumatic event.

The video below looks at this unnerving bridge a little more.

Did A Rebuild Reawaken Spirits At Colville Covered Bridge?

Perhaps what is particularly interesting about the Colville Covered Bridge in Bourbon County, Kentucky, is that sightings of strange ghosts did not begin at the levels they are today until well over a hundred years after it was built in 2001. This happened, incidentally, when the bridge was essentially torn down and then reopened. It just might be the case that this rebuilding of the bridge is what caused the supposed spirits that people claim to see today to become disturbed.

The spirits in question – at least according to local legend – belong to a boyfriend and girlfriend who were driving home over the bridge at some point in the early 1930s. However, for reasons unknown, they lost control of the car they were driving, careered off the bridge and into the icy waters below. Both ultimately lose their lives.

Although many locals would report “strange lights” underneath the bridge in the years that followed it wasn’t until relatively recent years that the location became a favorite of paranormal investigators and those who simply had an interest in ghosts and apparitions. As well as the young couple, another local legend states you will possibly see the ghost of an old woman who simply collapsed and died while crossing the bridge.

As unremarkable as it might look, the location does indeed appear to be an unnerving one. The short video below examines this a little further.

Strange Lights And Noises At Poinsett Bridge, South Carolina

Another bridge said to be haunted as a result of a car accident can be found in South Carolina. The Poinsett Bridge in Greenville County is said to be the home of bizarre sounds (including voices that have been captured on tape), strange orbs and lights, and general noises that only serve to make the already creepy atmosphere all the more creepier.

Most local legends claim that the hauntings are due to a car accident that happened on the bridge at some point in the 1950s. A young man who was driving passed away at the scene. There are many other tales to consider, though. And given that the bridge is one of the oldest in the United States those accounts go way back. One particularly repeated detail is that the bridge was once the grim location where several slaves were hanged.

While many of these accounts may be more local folklore and urban legend, the Poinsett Bridge is most certainly a location that deserves further study in terms of the paranormal activity that takes place there.

The video below examines these hauntings further.

The Stocksbridge Bypass

Quite possibly one of the most active roads in the world, certainly in Europe, is the Stocksbridge Bypass near Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Sightings would start almost as soon as work began on the new bypass in 1987. One of the first incidents on record is from the 8th September of that year.

Two security guards who performed night patrols on the site would report numerous strange and bizarre events. This would include seeing children playing in a nearby field and then disappearing into thin air. Each child adorned extremely old-fashioned clothing, perhaps hundreds of years old.

Construction workers who lived on site in the temporary accommodation caravans would also report numerous strange goings-on. For example, many would report hearing children “laughing and singing” during the night. When the workers would look outside there was, however, no children there.

Perhaps the most terrifying encounter was the large black figure overlooking the site, and the two security guards, from the Pearoyd Bridge. One of the guards would set off in his van in an attempt to drive up to the bridge and confront whoever it was. The other remained below, keeping the strange figure in sight. It remained in the same spot, simply overlooking the new bypass. As his colleague arrived on the bridge, the headlights of the van would find the cloaked person. To both security guards’ horror, the lights would go “straight through the figure” as if he wasn’t there.

It then faded away and vanished right in front of them. Both security guards, now terrified, left the site and went to report the encounter to the local police.

The Encounter of Dick Ellis and John Beet

Following the report of the security guards, the police would send two officers out to investigate this most bizarre incident. Special Constable John Beet and Police Constable Dick Ellis would investigate the site on 11th September. They would park their vehicle close to the bridge where the two men had witnessed the cloaked figure and killed the engine.

They would remain looking out over the new bypass for close to twenty minutes. Suddenly, a thud came at the passenger window and Beet let out a horrified scream. Against the glass was the torso of a man. Ellis had barely had time to react and turn towards his partner when the strange figure had vanished.

Ellis started the engine of the car, and after taking several deep breaths motioned the car forward slowly. They decided to move to under the bridge, believing the incident to be a hoax by local teenagers. From there they would radio the incident back to the station and request another unit to assist in a search of the area. Before they had a chance to do so, however, something began to “shake their car violently” and “loud thuds” connecting with the bodywork came from outside.

Ellis pushed down on the accelerator and the two officers went back to the station. Ellis would go on to make a full report of the incident, one which he would remain steadfast as to its authenticity.

Newspaper clipping regarding the Stocksbridge Bypass

Newspaper clipping regarding the Stocksbridge Bypass

Extremely Unusual and Persistent Activity

There have been numerous sightings of strange happenings along this road since. Many motorists, for example, report a person suddenly appearing in the middle of the road forcing them to swerve their car to avoid them. Upon looking back, the figure is no longer there.

On New Year’s Eve 1997 one motorist would make an official report of seeing “a figure just appear in the road in front of them!” The motorist had to swerve the car to one side to avoid hitting it and was perhaps lucky the traffic was unusually quiet due to the holidays. When he looked back, there was no one there.

Coincidentally or not, the road does have a particularly high accident rate. And perhaps more interestingly, many of those reports mention a person appearing in the middle of the road.

Many more sightings speak of children playing “under the pylons” in the fields alongside the roadway. Many people believe these to be the spirits of children who perished down the many mineshafts in the area. Several particularly chilling reports speak of “an unseen person” banging on the roof of their cars. Some even speak of their vehicles “shaking” violently. The cloaked figure also still appears. Legend has it he is a monk who “fell out of favor with the church”. His body, so the legend says, resides here in an unmarked grave.

The video below looks at the bypass in a little more detail.

Death Trap Roads and A Hub Of Negative Energy

The Tuen Mun Road in Hong Kong opened in 1977 when still under British Colonial rule. Since then it has had hundreds of fatal crashes. What’s more, it has had no modernization of any kind despite the increasing demands of modern traffic. In short, it is a road that simply wasn’t designed for the amounts of traffic it is now seeing. Add to this the design of the road was flawed to begin with, and the use of poor materials, and it is easy to see why it appears to be such a death trap.

Many crashes, at least according to the survivors, are down to people suddenly appearing in the middle of the road. Many believe the people in the road are spirits of those who died here. And as the fatal road crashes continue, so do the spirits who reside here increase.

In Australia is a small narrow street – more akin to an alley – that follows the rail viaduct in Jubilee. The area has a long history of crimes, including murder. It also has a long history of paranormal sightings and of “overwhelming” those who go there. Many express feelings of fear and anxiety. They also experience strange odors as well as “hearing footsteps” around them even though there is nobody there. Apparently small children and even dogs in the area also begin to act strangely while in the area.

There have been numerous bodies discovered here, many of whom were the obvious victims of murder. Investigations into many of these deaths, however, remain unsolved, perhaps adding to the strange and depressing feel of the street.

The video below looks at the world’s most haunted roads, some of which you may just have read about.

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About Marcus Lowth

Marcus Lowth is a writer with a love for UFOs, aliens, and the Ancient Astronaut Theory, to the paranormal, general conspiracies and unsolved mysteries. He has been writing and researching with over 20 years experience. Marcus has been Editor-in-Chief for several years due to his excellent knowledge in these fields. Marcus also regularly appears as an expert on radio talk shows including Troubled Minds and Unexplained Radio discussing these topics.

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