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.
Although 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.
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.
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