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Orlando, Florida USA

There's a highway bridge near Orlando Fl. on I-4 that's supposed to be very haunted and have more than an average number of accidents. It's just north of Orlando, at the St. John's River in Seminole County. According to legend, the highway was built over the graves of Yellow Fever victims. Since 1963, nearly 2,000 accidents have been reported on this short stretch of road. Over the years, people have reported seeing strange things like orbs floating across the highway, apparitions on the side of the road hitchhiking, and phantom trucks. Other witnesses have said their cell phones will pick up strange voices at the south end of the bridge in Seminole County. One woman reports that if she is talking with someone on the phone, the conversation is interrupted by what she believes to be "the voices of the dead".

The road where the crashes happened cradles the graves of a family of four. The graves date back to the 1880s and a settlement called St. Joseph’s Catholic Colony. One of the German families fell victim to a yellow fever epidemic. Two adults and two children are buried on the very spot that has been shrouded in mystery but they are still there. In 1905, Albert Hawkins bought the land and cleared it for farming. He found the four graves and in respect for the dead, Hawkins farmed around the little cemetery which sat in the middle of the field like an island. The area became known as the Field of the Dead and was for many years a well-kept secret by the local community. When Hawkins died in 1939 his widow continued to own the land until 1960 when it was purchased by the state for the building of Interstate-4.

Hurricane Donna crossed the state, the eye of this strange storm passed right over the graves. The fury and flooding caused by Hurricane Donna disrupted highway construction for several months. Not only was Donna the worst storm to hit the interior of Central Florida in a century, it followed a very strange path. It had already crossed South Florida from the Atlantic and appeared to be heading westward into the Gulf of Mexico - then it took a strange and eerie turn, and basically followed the right-of-way Interstate-four through Central Florida with the eye passing over the graves about midnight. The storm exited into the Atlantic near Ormand Beach. Many people believe that the strange maneuver of Hurricane Donna was caused by the highway construction tampering with the dead. In fact, when I-4 came through in 1960, the graves were roped off and marked for removal but they never removed the graves. Instead, they dumped fill dirt on top to elevate the new highway.


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