Reports of phantom hitchhikers can be found throughout the world. These are apparitions that seem to haunt dark lonely roads. Typically, they are usually seen by a lone motorist late at night and are sometimes the cause of accidents as the unsuspecting motorist skids or swerves to avoid a figure in the road.
Often when the frightened driver stops in a panic thinking that he has ploughed into someone - there is no one to be seen!
At times a motorist will actually see what he considers to be a real person hitching a lift at the roadside. The driver stops to give the person a lift, only to discover later that he is alone in the car!
The most famous of phantom road side ghosts in the UK - is the ghost of Blue Bell Hill. This ghost was reported to police three times within as many months by frightened motorists who thought that they had hit and killed someone out on the forlorn hillside. Details of this haunting has appeared in over 200 newspaper stories throught the UK over the years.
The most famous encounter occured in the early hours of the 13th July 1974. Maurice Goodenough was driving to his home in Chatham when a figure suddenly appeared in front of his car. She appeared to be a young girl, about ten years old wearing a white blouse, skirt and white ankle socks. Mr. Goodenough stamped on his brakes but he could not avoid hitting her, and the car struck her with a sickening force. He brought the car to a skidding halt and rushed back to the small girl. Her found her battered and bleeding at the road side. She appeared to be in better shape than he had first feared but aware that it might be dangerous to move her, he grabbed a blanket from his car and to wrap her in whilst he went to fetch help.
He rushed to a nearby police station at Rochester, and police officers came back to the spot, marked by a now empty blanket, but although they searched for hours with a tracker dog - they found nothing!
It was at first thought that perhaps another motorist may have picked her up, and local hospitals were questioned. They all reported they had had no accident admissions that night!
After the police inspected Mr Goodenough's car and found no sign of damage they began to suspect that perhaps he had made the whole thing up or the phantom girl had been a product of an over tired mind playing tricks with shapes and shadows caught in the headlights.
However, one fact could not be disputed Mr Goodenough was not the first motorist to have had the chilling experience of encountering a strange young women on Blue Bell Hill. Nor, would he be the last!
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