Ever see a woman & child on US 395 … who disappear?

Updated Oct 31, 2014
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US 395 in California: a haunted highway?

I would love to hear if any other truckers have ever noticed a weird sort of spooky occurrence that has happened to me three times!

It was a curvy piece of US395 in west California around Walker/Devils Gate area. The first time it happened was about 25 years ago.

The first time it fascinated and confounded me. The second time I was stunned in disbelief. The third time it happened I was amazed and perplexed because nothing about it made since but, “I seen it with my own eyes!” I have not had that same scenario happen again since the third time but I wonder constantly what the story could be behind this mystery.

It was cold. It was blowing snow and visibility was not the best so I used it as a good excuse to pull over. I was southbound on US395 out of Reno. I had spent a lot of time getting loaded and getting out of traffic so it was late. I was determined to make it past the California line to avoid traffic the next morning. I did. However, there are not a lot of places to park on the California side that looked like I would be able to get out of easily if the snow was worse in the morning. So I was happy to see a wide spot on the west side that suited my purposes. There was a large pile of gravel in the middle of this spot and I was careful to get past it in a way I could not get blocked in by other trucks.

It was real cold! As I surveyed the scene in my rear view mirror I noticed a young lady with a small child bent into the wind walking towards the pile of gravel. I was alarmed that there was anybody out in this weather let alone with a tiny child. It looked like they were going to use the gravel pile for shelter! By the time they were out of sight behind the gravel pile I had my heavy coat on and was getting my hat on. I looked and could no longer see them. So I jumped out of the cab and made my way to the gravel pile to see if I could get them in my truck to warm up awhile.

There was no one there! No one at all. I even looked for tracks thinking they went on into the hills next to us. No tracks at all!

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In the early morning light I was setting there in the same spot deciding if I should put chains on when out of the corner of my eye I saw them again. Same lady holding the hand of a small child bent against the wind. This time I was adamant about trying to help them if I could. I jumped out of the truck and ran back to the gravel pile but there was no trace of them. Just like the night before they did not even leave a footprint. I went on with my trip.

It was several years later I had mostly forgotten about this when I found myself in the same scenario in the same place. I had pulled into this pull-off spot that was unchanged over the years. It was late at night and I didn’t even recognize it until morning!

In the morning I had to get out to adjust my chains before I continued. As I set gazing at the blowing snow trying hard to come up with a reason not to get out and adjust my chains I saw that same lady with the child walking the same way towards the pile of gravel.

Yes! I jumped out again! (LOL) No she was not there again. No there were no tracks again. That has been approximately 10 years ago … Spooky?

And, if that isn’t spooky enough, check out some of the greatest scary movie scenes of all time …

Bride of Chucky (1998)

The Descent (2005)

Alien (1979)

The Exorcist (1973)

King Kong (1933)

Carrie (1976)

The Sixth Sense (1999)

The Omen (1976)

Psycho (1960)

The Shining (1980)

The Birds (1963)

Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Silence of the Lambs (1991)