Urban legends are part of our life. Тhey are always linked to unexplained phenomena, mysterious situations.
We have all heard stories about “haunted” houses, ”haunted” roads, vanishing hitchhikers and many others. Truck drivers spend a lot of time on the open road behind the wheel, driving long hours, days and nights.
They are first line witnesses of many weird and incredible situations, but they are still sometimes shocked by the things they see on the highway and they have stories to tell.
The Black Dog
Black dog terminology has many mutations, almost every county has its own variant.
- In Greek mythology the black dogs are guardians of the underworld/hell, Cerberus three-headed dog which guards the gates of Hades, to prevent those who have crossed the river Styx from escaping
- In Scotland the black dog is the guardian of treasure buried under a standing stone near Murthley in Perthshire
- The Cadejo is a black dog that haunts naughty young men who walk late at night on rural roads
- Dip is an evil black hairy dog in Catalan myth, an emissary of the Devil who sucks people’s blood
However, Black dogs often seem to haunt ancient lanes, track ways, crossroads, old churchyards connected with dark agendas like prophecy, revenge or a warning.
Everyone on the road has heard the Legend of the Black Dog. Black dog appears when a truck driver starts to fall asleep.
This urban trucking legend was popularized by the Patrick Swayze movie Black Dog.
Some truck drivers said that it is like warning to get off the road and the others that it is an omen of death, sign for fatal accident that ends with the truck driver death or death of innocent people.
When a truck driver has been driving too long and he is tired and fatigued the moment he starts to fall asleep at the wheel the black dog jumps out of nowhere running toward the truck, this ghoul shows itself just before the moment of the crash.
There are different names in different parts of the world.
- Bogey Beast (Lancashire)
- Bargheust (Yorkshire and the North)
- Black Shuck (East Anglia)
- Cu Sith (Highlands)
- Capelthwaite (Westmorland, Cumbria)
- Guytrash Gurt Dog (Somerset)
- Gallytrot (Suffolk)
- Hairy Jack (Lincolnshire)
- Mauthe Doog (Scotland)
- Black Shuck (Suffolk)
- Pooka (Ireland)
- Padfoot (Yorkshire)
- Skriker (Yorkshire)
- Huay Chivo and Huay Pek (Mexico)
- Uay/Way/Waay Chivo/Pek
- Cadejo (Central America)
- Lobizon (Paraguay and Argentina)
This fairy phantom with fire red eyes mysteriously appears and disappears bringing chaos, fear and death.
This deserted stretch of road originally is the 6th branch of U.S. Route 66. It’s been renamed to U.S. Route 491 because of the Satanic connotation. The road is almost 200 miles long, and runs through Colorado, New Mexico, and ends in Utah.
This road is related to many unexplained accidents and apparition phenomena like, missing road signs, reports of demon dogs, ghostly girl in a long nightgown, flaming phantom truck it’s called The Devil’s Highway.
Flaming truck – many truck drivers have witnessed this unusual event that is associated with the story of a very fast flaming phantom truck where sparks are flying off everywhere.
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Satan’s Coach or Satan’s Sedan – Satan’s Speedway or the Devil’s Highway is connected with the large black sedan that shows out of the darkness behind motorists and bump or smash into them, no matter of the driving speed. This Sedan is driven by invisible driver only a shadow figure is hunched over the wheel.
The hounds of hell – this is another strange event where a pack of demon dogs with yellow eyes and sharp teeth are able to run as fast as a vehicle, causing damage to the vehicle as shredding the rubber tires, or crashing through the windows of speeding vehicles tear the passengers to pieces. Believes are that this Black Dogs are joined by Lucifer himself.
A girl in a long nightgown – People see her walking down the road all alone in the dark in the middle of nowhere. If They stop and try to help this pale white girl she instantly vanishes.
Skinwalkers – Shapeshifters supposedly are the spirits of evil medicine men with the ability to magically transform into different types of animals such as crows, coyotes, or wolves.
- These spirits are terrorizing the driver with animal appearance in front of the vehicle, gaining for the accident and if this does not work they will appear in the back seat or in the passenger seat of the truck or car to steal the driver or passenger soul.
- The Indians in this area believe in the existence of people who have the ability to transform into various animals. These people are called skinwalkers generally used term for this is shapeshifting.
- Route 666 was named one of the 20 most dangerous highways in America.
Highway statistics show unusually high number of accidents and fatalities on this road when the road was marked with the satanic number 666, in 2003 the government renamed the highway U.S.
Route 491 and change all the road signs the number of accidents dropped drastically. Maybe the evil influence vanishes with the new name, what do you think?
This road has poor conditions and it is almost 200 miles long with the monotonous field view that has a hypnotizing effect. Feelings of anxiety, dread, or a sense of impending evil may contribute to additional accidents.
The vanishing hitchhiker is one of the oldest trucking urban legends. It is the story of a hitchhiker who has died in a terrible accident on this road and returns in ghostly form on the road to find a ride to go home.
It appears like a figure on the side of the road who is stopping the cars for a ride. The hitchhiker rides for a period of time and then totally vanish from the moving truck.
There is another variation of this story, when the truck driver dropped the hitchhiker to the designated location he noticed that the hitchhiker forget some personal belonging like a sweater or a book.
When the driver will return to the place he dropped the hitchhiker off to give the sweater back, he hears that the owner of that item died a few years ago in an accident. How creepy is this?
Trucker Gets $17,000 Ticket
Carroll is an independent trucker out of Philadelphia and on the way to drop off the load in East Whiteland Township, he missed a weight limit sign at the corner of 401 and Bear Road where he had to make a right turn and for sudden he gets lost in the Philadelphia suburbs.
That’s where the police caught up to him and gave him a $17,751.50 traffic ticket. This is a pretty much true story?
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A law prohibiting movement of trucks on certain bridges and roadways that are too heavy because they might be damaged by overweight vehicles. East Whiteland Police Department was just enforcing this law by giving $17,751.50 ticket to the truck driver.
This amount was for $150 for the fine, and $150 for every 500 pounds over the 3,000-pound weight limit.
The truck company will pay significant fees for oversized loads. You have to learn about legal things in your business range to prevent this type of legal penalties.
The Phantom of the Truck Stop
This urban legend is based on true events. Truck driver John William “Pete” drove a tanker truck with 4,600 gallons of gasoline. On the way he sacrificed his life with crashing the tanker into the bridge abutment to avoid a school bus full of kids.
The legend says that this man pick up hitchhikers from that intersection over the years and give them a ride to some rest station.
For this event Red Sovine in the song Phantom 309 sings about a hitchhiker who was lifted to a truck stop by the trucker Big Joe, when he informs the people in that diner who give him a ride, waiter tell him the story of the truck driver who died to save school bus full of kids. The waiter also says that he was not the first who experience this, many other hitchhikers were picked up from the Big Joe.
Мost of these stories have an ancient origin, but also have been witnessed too frequently in modern times, there is trace for existing of this creature centuries ago and this story will continue to grow and evolve in the future.
Is it true or is it just a pure folklore and legend? Many folklore stories often have origins in real events. From the point of view, it really does not matter, because as long as there is fear from something unknown, it is real at least in our mind.