In lieu of our blogs on the history of buses, with today being Halloween, we want to talk about an incident that happened just south of San Antonio, Texas back in the 1940’s. This story is the stuff of urban legend, but many believe it to be true. And just a note before we start – San Antonio is reportedly the most haunted city in the State of Texas and the picture above is the actual track in this story.
According to legend, a school bus full of children was making its way down the road on a rainy Texas morning when it stalled on the tracks. A speeding train smashed into the bus and the children and the bus driver perished. It is said that since the accident, if a car stops near the railroad tracks, unseen hands will push the car across the tracks to safety.
Over time, people have lined their cars up to see if this legend is true. Some will stop 20 to 30 yards from the tracks and even turn off their engines. Sure enough, even though it appears to be an upward grade (tests show it is actually only a 2% downgrade), the car will start to roll toward the tracks – slowly at first and then it will pick up enough speed to push it over the tracks to the other side. This has been tested time and time again – and the cars roll over the tracks every time. Some have even parked their cars over the tracks and the cars will roll off onto the other side.
One person, Brenda Pacheco, tested the theory with talcum powder. She sprinkled powder on the back of her black station wagon. She put the car in neutral and took her foot off the gas. The car slowly rolled, gained momentum and crossed the tracks. She got out to check the back of her car and there were tiny handprints!! “I was so excited. You could even see the swirls of the fingerprints and the lines of the palms!!” Some have even said that you can hear the children talking in the area around the tracks.
Fact or fantasy? A true unexplained phenomenon or an urban legend fueled by eager participants with heightened imaginations? You decide!!!