Top Five Haunted Highways in America
by Mario Tarradell | October 5, 2020
Truckers travel much of the country – from coast to coast and all the winding roads and busy byways in between. With all those miles, they are bound to run into a few questionable stretches of asphalt. You know, maybe even a spooky trek or two.
This being October, the month of Halloween, we found five haunted highways that have surely generated a few trucker stories. These are the kind of highway ghost stories bound to be passed down through generations on dark, moonlit nights.
The Ghost Boy of Clinton Road:
According to folklore, Clinton Road in West Milford, New Jersey is our first haunted roadway. The tale goes that the boy either drowned underneath a bridge or was struck by a car. So, he now haunts the road and will supposedly throw back coins that people toss into the creek. Some folks have even reported seeing the boy’s reflection in the water. Clinton Road is also rumored to invite aliens and Satanic cult activities. Yikes.
Talk about a creepy road. Route 44 in Rehoboth, Massachusetts is not the place to pick up hitchhikers. For more than 30 years, local drivers claim that they have seen a bearded man with dark eyes who looks just like the victim of a fatal car crash. He is said to magically appear and disappear in the passenger seat of vehicles driving by. Truckers beware, make sure the hitchhiking ghost doesn’t squeeze into your cab.
Get Your Kicks on Highway 666:
The name says it all, doesn’t it? That’s probably why Highway 666, a north-south stretch between Utah and New Mexico, was renamed Route 491 in 2003. You can change a name, but you can’t erase a reputation. Highway 666 is accident-prone and many point to supernatural forces as the cause. Oh, and you might also want to avoid Pennsylvania’s Route 666, which hasn’t gone through a name change.
The Frightening Truth of Route 66:
What could possibly be scary about America’s “Mother Road”? Plenty, apparently. The famed highway that runs from Chicago to the Pacific Ocean encompasses some 100 scary spots, including the Hotel Monte Vista in Flagstaff, Arizona where a ghostly bell boy knocks on guests’ doors in the wee hours of the night. If you see a spooky circular light in the black sky over Quapaw, Oklahoma, that’s also the curse of Route 66.
Shades of a Deathly Road:
Would you drive down Shades of Death Road? This quiet country lane in Warren County, New Jersey is allegedly where a series of grisly murders happened in the 1920s and ‘30s. As if that weren’t bad enough, others say the name of the road stems from malaria outbreaks as far back as the 1850s. Add sightings of ghosts, wild cats, and even violent highwaymen for further proof that Shades of Death Road seems appropriately named.
Late Night Diners Could Also Be Haunted
Haunted roads are full of sightings of people that appear and then inexplicably disappear. But it doesn’t even have to be while driving. Many truckers park in the middle of nowhere, nothing but darkness around them, to try and catch some winks in their cab’s sleeper. That could be the perfect place for seeing strange things. Or a late night diner, too. Tom Kyrk, a RoadPro® driver council member, recounted his spine-chilling experiences at a 24-hour diner built over an Indian graveyard near an Allentown, Pennsylvania truck stop. His story involves murders, lights that mysteriously turn on and off, and a creepy customer who seemed to know a little too much about the diner’s ghostly history.
Keep Trucking Through Haunted Highways
Certainly, all truckers have scary driving stories to tell. But we know you don’t want to find yourself alone and stranded in the middle of a haunted highway. Trucking through America’s highways and byways shouldn’t be a frightening adventure.
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And while we’re talking about haunted highways, have you experienced anything spooky on the road? We’d love to hear about it. Share your story on our Apex Capital Facebook page.