The Complete beginners guide to Ghostly Hitchhikers
If you live or are from around Sussex in the UK, you will be fully aware of the stretch of road from East Croydon down to righton being the A23. You may also be aware that on part of this road between Pease Pottage and Brighton in particular, over the years a number of ghostly hitchhikers have been reported by numerous drivers and passengers.
The road itself (prior to some major upgrades in the past few years) was also notorious for accidents and deaths, but are these phantom hitchhikers, long lost souls still trying to find their way home? indeed are these incidents restricted just to the A23 itself?
Here are just three of my favorite vanishing hitchhiker stories from around the world:
The Ghost of Blue Bell Hill
Perhaps the best known Vanishing Hitchhiker story from the U.K. is that from Blue Bell Hill, a steep stretch of road between Maidstone and Chatham in Kent.
One person who claimed that he did actually see the Blue Bell Hill Hitchhiker ghost firsthand was a local bricklayer named Maurice Goodenough.
Early in the morning of July 13, 1974, Goodenough, then 35-years-old ran into Rochester Police Station claiming that he had just knocked down a young girl with his car on Blue Bell Hill. He informed the police that the girl had appeared suddenly in the middle of the road and he was unable to brake hard enough to avoid running into her. He immediately stopped the car and jumped out to find the young girl lying in the road with cuts to her forehead and knees.
Goodenough wrapped the girl in a blanket, carried her to the roadside and drove off to get help. When he returned to the scene of the accident with the police all they found was the blanket lying on the ground, the girl had disappeared. There were no traces of blood either on the car or on the road and despite an extensive police search of the area using tracker dogs the young girl was never found. Goodenough described the girl as about ten years of age, with shoulder length brown hair and wearing a lacy white blouse, white ankle socks and a skirt.On roads such as the A23 drivers still wary of Ghostly Hitchhikers still being seen to this day! Click To Tweet
The Uniondale ghost
Late one night in 1968, Maria Roux and her fiancé were driving just outside the town of Uniondale.
She was asleep on the back seat when he tragically lost control of the car. She was killed in the ensuing accident – made more tragic by the rumours that the couple had been on their way to announce their engagement to her parents.
It was 8 years later that people began to wonder if Maria had ever left this world. A man named Anton Le Grange noticed a young woman hitchhiking on the side of the road, so he pulled over and offered her a lift. A few minutes later, he realised that he didn’t know where she wanted to go, so he turned to ask her – but she was gone.
Terrified, Le Grange reported the incident to the police. Sceptical, they were finally convinced to go with him to check out the area where she “disappeared”. As they were driving along, the police officer noticed the back door of the car opening and closing by itself.
Back at the police station, Le Grange identified his mysterious passenger from an old photograph of Maria Roux.
In 1978, Army Corporal van Jaarsveld had a similar experience. He stopped his motorcycle and offered a lift to a young woman with long dark hair and dark clothing. She climbed on, putting his spare helmet on her head and wrapping her arms around his waist.
A few miles down the road, van Jaarsveld felt a small jolt and turned to check on his passenger – she was gone.Quickly he turned around to go and look for her – assuming that she had fallen off the motorcycle. It wasn’t until a few moments later that he noticed that the helmet neatly refastened to his luggage rack…
Many people think that, because Maria was asleep when she died, she doesn’t know that she is dead and is still desperately trying to reach her parents house to tell them her exciting news…
The toll-keeper ghost
Seweweekspoort is one of South Africa’s most spectacular mountain ravines and doubles as one of the three major gateways that link the Central and Little Karoo.
It is a winding route that carries on for 17 kilometres with views that can easily distract from the road.
But many years ago, this route was less known for its views and more for the notorious people that traversed its curves. Better known as Smuggler’s Route, Seweweekspoort was once the main route for brandy smugglers, runaways, slaves and outlaws.
In an attempt to combat the criminal use of the road, a toll-house was built, demanding that all people who passed through pay a fee.
The ruins of the old toll-house can still be seen at the northern entrance to the Port… along with the ghost of the first toll-keeper…
Some people report that he runs frantically into the road on cloudy nights, waving his lantern in order to warn them of a threatening storm or raging river up ahead. Others say he flags down motorists to take their toll fee, but vanishes the moment their car comes to a stop.
No one knows why the toll-keeper has never left his post, but one thing is certain, it is best to always carry some cash on you in case he demands his toll…