Nightmare on Interstate 4

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Anyone driving the east-west stretch of Highway between Tampa and Daytona, known as I 4, knows that the drive on a normal day is a nightmare. In fact that the I-4 corridor averaged one death for each of its 132 miles between 2011 and 2015, earning it the chilling title of America’s Deadliest Highway. But did you know that some believe that bad driving is not the only reason for the highways deadly reputation? Some even go so far as to say that the interstate was cursed from the first day it opened.

The story goes back to the late 1800s when scores of people in Florida died from Yellow Fever, and one family of four, in particular, may be responsible for a ghostly curse.

 At a small settlement near present-day Sanford, all 4 members of a German Immigrant family succumbed to the terrible disease. Their priest was visiting Tampa at the time of their death, and he too had contracted Yellow Fever and later died from it.

The Family was buried in a farmer’s field without receiving the blessing of the Last Rites, and It is believed that the unblessed family rested in that farmer’s field peacefully. That is until 1961, when The State Transportation Department paved right over their graves when building the approach to the bridge that crosses over the St. Johns River.

That very spot has been the scene of many accidents and tragic deaths, earning it the eerie nickname “The Dead Zone.”

Supernatural experiences or inadequate design? Take it from one who drives Interstate 4 often, driving it is as scary as any Halloween ghost story.

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