Fri, Jul 17, 2009 at 7:35 PM
I've never written a ghost story before, so I don't know if this experience will qualify.
I visited San Antonio recently and heard the story again about a school bus accident occuring on the outskirts of the city. If you park your car near the tracks and put it in neutral, ghost children, the victims of the accident, will push your car over the tracks. I've known this story all my life because my whole family is from San Antonio.
Anyway, I thought I'd try it out for myself. I took Military Drive all the way to Mission Drive and turned right. The street does a sharp turn to the left over unguarded railroad tracks that sit on a small grade. You have to go uphill to cross the tracks, go down hill on the other side and make a u-turn so that you are crossing the tracks from the opposite side.
So I made the u-turn and put my vehicle (I drive a mini-van) in neutral. I rolled down-hill and went up-hill over the tracks and to the other side. I figured the momentum of going down-hill first is what took us up-hill and over the tracks. I had my mom, my daughter and my aunt with me at the time.
The second time around I made sure we were already going up-hill before I put the van in neutral. We rolled across the railroad tracks again.
This time I stayed oh the side of the road without a grade at all and pulled over onto the shouldar. I was afraid there was something wrong with my van. I put it into neutral when we were on this level patch of road, and the van didn't move an inch. I even "rocked" in my seat a little to see if I could get it to go. Nothing.
The third, and last time I parked us going up-hill again and put it into neutral, again... and away we went. Up and over the tracks again. This time I got a little nervous and just wanted to get out of there.
They say you should put flour on your bumper because then you can see the actual hand prints of young children left behind. After this experience, I'm pretty sure that something odd is happening. I don't need to make a mess of my van to convince me.