Ghost Story #1 - Midlothian Turnpike

Adam Bykowski

Oak Lawn, United States

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Oooo! Spooky… kids!

This is a photo of Midlothian Turnpike in Midlothian, Illinois. I am looking east and the cars are traveling west. I am standing outside the entrance to Bachelors Grove Cemetary, which has a whole collection of problems and ghost stories of its own. It was raining lightly or a hard drizzle if you prefer. One of my few handheld shots. Since it was raining, I did not want to take a chance of getting the camera too wet by setting up a tripod, so I just would snap a shot and put it back in my backpack.

Here’s how the ghost stories go, all of them on this road. This makes things a little different as most ghost stories are of humanlike figures in places like houses, buildings or cemetaries.

Midlothian Turnpike runs into 143rd street in the far south suburb of Midlothian, Illinois. This stretch of road has had sightings of “phantom” vehicles either moving or stationary. People would be driving in their cars and see a car pass them up only to see it vanish in front of them.

However, if you look deep enough around the Area you can sense something’s just not right here. Many people have reported “Ghost Cars” coming and going from this stretch of road, but the cars are said to be cars from the early 1900’s. The cars appear from out of no where and sometimes a person can hit the vehicle, get out and check the damage only to find out nothing is there!

People have said to have been driving down this road at night, which has no street lights in this stretch so the road is pretty dark. No other cars are on the road and suddenly, when they check the rear view mirror, they notice that a vehicle is following closely as if out of nowhere. The car tends to ride right on the rear end. As they speed to get away from this car their attention turns away from it and a few seconds and later they check back, they see that there is nothing there.

One night in 1978, a couple claimed to have a brown car come suddenly into view and collide with the couple’s car. They both heard the sound of breaking glass and crunching metal. They stopped the car and got out only to find the other car had faded away, disappeared and gone and no damage to their car.

One woman claims to have been driving west on Midlothian Turnpike like the cars you see in the photo. She says it was 5:15 a.m. and snowing. She was driving to work when she saw an old, big black car ahead of her. All of a sudden the car just disappeared. She said that she stopped going that way “for a long time”.

No one knows where these cars come from and where they go when they vanish. It remains a mystery.

I have driven down this road only a few times as it is out of my way and about 15-20 minutes from my house. I have driven down this stretch in the daytime and once or twice at night and have never seen anything out of the ordinary.

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