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Revisited: the mystery of the A3 'ghost crash'

May 15, 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)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Passing through 2 years ago
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 2 years ago
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 2 years ago
5 months???? Admittedly, that's both gross and weird.
Comment icon #4 Posted by MissJatti 2 years ago
Why didn't the person help to see if the driver was OK
Comment icon #5 Posted by Timothy 2 years ago
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 2 years ago
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 2 years ago
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 2 years ago
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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