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Revisited: the mystery of the A3 'ghost crash'

Posted on Friday, 15 May, 2020 | Comment icon 8 comments

Did someone witness a replay of an earlier accident ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Simon Burchell
A chance sighting of a car accident by a member of the public spawned an urban legend that endures to this day.
Britain's roads and motorways are certainly no stranger to tales of the unexplained, with stories of phantom hitchhikers and tormented apparitions being commonplace along some stretches of road.

One of the most peculiar such sightings occurred on December 11th, 2002, when a member of the public called the police to report a car accident - a vehicle had been seen losing control and leaving the road on the A3 near the emergency slip road at Burpham.

When police arrived at the scene they were initially unable to find any sign of a crash, however it didn't take them long to discover a Vauxhall Astra in a ditch nearby, obscured by the undergrowth.

Disturbingly, the remains of the driver were also discovered at the scene.
What made the tragic discovery all the stranger however was the fact that the car and the victim had seemingly been lying there undiscovered for over five months.

The deceased turned out to be a man wanted for a robbery that had taken place in July of that year.

So if the crash had occurred five months before, how did the witness see the car leaving the road ?

Could they have witnessed a ghostly replay of the accident ?

To this day, no definitive explanation has ever been found.

Source: Get Surrey | Comments (8)

Tags: Highway, Ghost, Accident

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Passing through on 15 May, 2020, 19:11
If i saw a car accident i'd be stopping to maybe help not carry on and then call the cops, still a strange story. Been other cases of these so called recordings. 
Comment icon #2 Posted by papageorge1 on 16 May, 2020, 0:50
Wonder if the deceased driver was ready to be found and communicated with the living driver?? The 'unfound' dead driver may also have been not at peace.
Comment icon #3 Posted by pallidin on 16 May, 2020, 4:46
5 months???? Admittedly, that's both gross and weird.
Comment icon #4 Posted by MissJatti on 16 May, 2020, 6:49
Why didn't the person help to see if the driver was OK
Comment icon #5 Posted by Timothy on 16 May, 2020, 7:16
Maybe they stumbled upon the car, didn’t want to get in trouble because there was a dead body inside, then drove past later on and reported it.  https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/nostalgia/a3-ghost-crash-its-been-14013235 ‘A member of the public reported seeing a car lose control and leave the A3 around 100 metres before the emergency slip road at Burpham.’ Also other articles say headlights were seen to veer off the road, suggesting the witnessing vehicle was heading northbound. Maybe they just mistook a vehicle taking the off ramp to Burpham as a car losing control and veering off the road? O... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by freetoroam on 16 May, 2020, 7:30
5 months is too long, the only thing I can think of why it took them so long is because they did stop and found something  in  the car worth stealing and months later they reported it because they travelled that road and knew the car was still in the ditch , possibly went to see it. Maybe guilt made them phone the police eventually, they did not think the police would trace anything missing to them.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Timothy on 16 May, 2020, 7:41
That could have happened too, someone working the fields may have done the same as well.  If it was southbound in a ditch, it would have been close to paddocks.
Comment icon #8 Posted by qxcontinuum on 17 May, 2020, 4:34
I would investigate the reporter. Was there money in the car? Probably no because he took em. Felt some guilt to report it...

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