Truck driving is a lonely, quiet career. It's just you, your rig and the open road. Driving those long hauls can be a monotonous burden. Some of the hazards of the job can be insomnia, loopiness, and the witnessing of some of life's scariest possibilities. Who knows what sort of crazy lurks around our darkened roads in the middle of the night? Oh right... truckers do.
Redditor u/ReptilianZen wanted the truckers out there to tell us few scary tales by asking.... Long Haul Truckers: What's the creepiest/most paranormal thing you've seen on the road at night?
Dirt Roads are ALWAYS trouble!Giphy
I was driving near Las Vegas at around 3am. I had been following a few black SUV's along the highway for a good hour or so. They had Nevada plates that were single digit numbers in order, 1,2,3. Suddenly they all pulled off the highway down a dirt path. There was no mile marker or cactus that would indicate a path there. It was just dirt. After pulling off the road they all turned their lights off. I didn't stick around. It was creepy. valor592
My great uncle was a long haul trucker and he swears that one time he was driving down the road to see two guys pull a rolled up carpet out of the trunk of their car and throw it in the river. Still creepy none the less. JasonVoorheesthe13th
I am a log truck driver in the Pacific Northwest. We go up into the woods on logging roads and haul logs back from the loggers to sawmills. We start work very early in the morning (2-5am), so it's night time obviously. One of my co-workers pulled away from the job and started down the logging road. After a couple miles-- after the load had settled a bit-- he decided to pull over and throw his remaining wrappers around the load. As he is tying his load down, he looked back and saw a mountain lion watching him from ten feet off of the end of his trailer. He slowly backed up to his driver door and got in. By the time he looked in his mirror the lion had disappeared.
Not paranormal, but it's damn sure creepy. We see lions and bears fairly often out there, but to be that close and out of the truck... We face different obstacles up in the woods than highway drivers. FecklessKing
Get Thee Back Demon!
My dad has several stories from hauling logs in Idaho and driving trucks through Utah and Nevada. My favorite is from actually just in his pickup going through Utah. He said there was a light keeping pace with him out in the desert on a moonless night. It kept pace for a minute before it disappeared and his truck turned off. He stopped and turned it on and pulled off at the next diner. The folks in the diner called it a common occurrence.
The creepiest is when he was hauling logs in Idaho and was coming down from near Coeur d'alene area during a snowy winter night. He was putting on chains before heading down steep grade and said all of the hair stood up on his body. It felt like there was something watching him. Halfway down the switchbacks he saw a large figure standing on a 20 foot tall embankment. As he got closer it jumped down and the shoulders were as tall as the cab. In a single bound it leaped down and then leaped over to the other side of the embankment. At the time he thought it was a Sasquatch, now he says it was probably a "demon" trying to make him crash. He didn't stop to remove the chains until he was well away from the mountain. IshvalanWarrior
Covered in Blood....Giphy
I drove by a marsh every night when I was going home from work. One night I saw a car pulled over with hazards on. Dude was head to toe covered in blood. No crash, no injury, just covered in blood. Biffmcgee
So Many Scares.....
Driving I-30 through Texas and Arkansas, I would see what looked like animals/faces popping out of the bushes but longer than a glance proved nothing there. They had just paved the highway, and there was hardly any traffic. I was dead tired, it was super dark. Highway hypnosis I suppose.
When I went to local driving, my route ran near an Air Reserve Base in Indiana, so you'd see planes and helicopters pretty often. One night, about 2 AM, I was headed to pick up another load when I saw a bright green light in the corner of my windshield. It was too low to be an aircraft. It moved pretty slowly, then darted and I lost sight of it behind some trees I drove by. Typical "I saw a UFO," but I still think it was just a helicopter or a jet that I saw at the prefect angle that turned after a takeoff. The jet pilots have broken the sound barrier over town a couple times in the past (sonic boom) so a jet flying abnormally isn't necessarily out of the realm of possibility.
"Just bats**t crazy"
Driving South on I-75 in the winter in Ohio, I witnessed a compact car like a Cobalt or similar get on the on-ramp to merge in to I-75 North and lost control. They went sideways, fell at least 6 feet off the ramp and onto the shoulder of the interstate landing on all 4 wheels, spun 360 degrees, and then proceeded to merge into traffic like it was nothing. Blew. My. Mind. The CB radio was going nuts for about 5 minutes. "HOLY CRAP WHO ELSE JUST SAW THAT?", etc. Aceofspades161
I was 23, my newly married husband and I decided driving team would be a fun adventure after college - rather than jumping into the 9-5. I was down in Arizona, on a long stretch of nothing about 4am when a guy pulled up next to me waving his CB (I never left mine on, listening to those guys BS was irritating.)
I turned on my CB and he told me I had a blown tire. I thanked him, figuring I would stop at the next truck stop. He kept harassing me to pull over and check my tire for a good 40 miles.
I finally got to a next town and pilot truck stop, got out and checked my truck. No blown tires anywhere. No clue what that guy would've done to me - but so glad I trusted my gut and didn't stop. (Not paranormal - but I have plenty of stories as a young woman on the road.) GozyNYR
IT? Is that you?
Saw a clown staggering down an alley in the city, back facing us, while we were coming to a stoplight at like 1am. Looked like he was still blowing balloons (or masturbating). Not seeing his face made it more ominous. I'm not sure if its either really creepy or sad. Maybe he was on his way to abduct children, or maybe he was blind drunk after a long day. toxicwaste331
I'm a truck driver in the UK. Was driving through rural Scotland one night going down a country lane, all off a sudden I start to see flashing lights come through the trees. Lights of all colors flashing through the trees and causing some really freaky looking shadows on the road.
I'm not a believer of aliens or anything but my first thought was ufos. Safe to say I put my foot down and got out of there. Found out the next day it was rave happening in a field. But at the time it didn't half scare me. YorkshireTeapot
American Horror Story : The DriveGiphy
I was coming back home from a trip from Michigan and I saw these people wearing cult-like robes. One in town, one on a highway, and one in a park, all staring at me. Nevok_The_Hollowed