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San Antonio, Texas - Haunted Ghost Tracks
The Ghost Children of San Antonio is more than just a ghost story, itís a part of Texas history. As the story goes, in 1949 a school bus filled with children stalled as it crossed a set rail road tracks at the crossing located at the corners of Shane and Villamain Roads. In those days many rural crossings had no signals to warn people on the roads. The wood placed between tracks on the crossing would often warp and create a trap for tires and little thought was given to keeping the grade even on both sides of the crossing.

 

San Antonio Ghost TracksAlthough details are sketchy, it seems the bus got itís front wheels over the tracks, but then stalled before reaching the other side of the crossing. The back wheels became stuck between pieces of wood and track preventing the bus from moving. Suddenly, a train was seen coming down the track. Panic set in and escape seemed impossible. A few lucky children got out, but the driver and most of the children where tragically killed.

 

No one can remember how many died that day, but many did and that was enough to infuriate people from coast to coast. As with most tragic accidents, the regulations came after there were victims. Legislators throughout North America passed laws insisting that school buses stop just prior to going over a railroad crossing to be sure no trains were coming. School districts insisted that bus cabins be made safer, with emergency escape doors and windows.

 

The train tracks are still there, and both local residents and visitors still report not only having their vehicles pushed across the tracks by small invisible hands, but also hearing the soft voices of children. The legend goes that after the children lost their lives that terrible day when their school bus became trapped on the train tracks, they have returned to make sure that no one will ever share the same tragic fate.

 

In October of 1999, veteran FOX11 news reporter David Garcia out of Los Angeles went to San Antonio to confirm whether or not there was actually any truth behind the Haunted Ghost Tracks legend. Accompaning him on the investigation was Docia Williams, paranormal investigator and thirty-seven year law enforcement veteran Roy Williams. Click here to view the full news report and what they experienced.

Looking for even more Halloween fun in Texas? Well, Austin, the site of the famous Austin Bat Colony is only eighty miles from San Antonio and well worth the drive.

When visiting or investigating any spooky place be sure to obey all local laws and always respect the privacy of land owners and residents. Always get advance permission to enter private property. Never trespass on, take anything from or damage anyone's private property. Always show respect!

 

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