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Monday, June 27, 2011

The Ghastly Red Bus of Ladbroke Grove

Following yet another fatal accident near the Ladbroke Grove underground station in North Kensington, London in the 1930s, the coroner decided to investigate.  He discovered that dozens of local motorists reported having seen a red, double-decker bus careening around the corner of St. Mark's Road onto Cambridge Gardens.  Time and again, drivers reported swerving to avoid this bus -- sans passengers or crew -- that would come flailing around the corner... then simply vanish!

There had been hundreds of accidents at the North Kensington corner, several of which included fatalities.  At least one motorist who had driven his car onto the sidewalk to avoid the mysterious red bus testified in court as to having seen it... and having seen it vanish.  He confirmed that "...the headlights were full on but I could see no sign of crew or passengers."

Eventually, the local council straightened the road and the number of accidents, and fatalities, fell dramatically.  The phantom red bus was never seen again.

© C Harris Lynn, 2011

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