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The haunting of I-4 — America’s most haunted highway

Did you know that not only is I-4 known for accidents and bumper-to-bumper hold-ups, but it’s also home to a myriad of graves? Keep reading to learn about America’s most haunted highway.


The aerial view of the haunted stretch | Photo via Google Maps

If you’ve ever traveled across the Sunshine State, odds are you’ve trekked through traffic on I-4 — AKA, one of the most dangerous interstates. Did you know that not only is the notorious road known for accidents and bumper-to-bumper hold-ups, but it’s also home to a myriad of graves?

Known as the I-4 Dead Zone, this stretch of interstate is known as America’s most haunted highway. Of the 132 miles that make up I-4, a quarter-mile stretch known as the I-4 Dead Zone makes it America’s most haunted highway. You can find it a little over an hour away from the greater Lakeland area, just south of the St. Johns River and north of Orlando

What’s so scary about this spot? Drivers report an abundance of car accidents, electronic incidents, and, you guessed it, paranormal activity. Underneath the eastbound lanes are the disturbed gravesites of yellow fever victims. This stretch is rumored to be responsible for almost 2,000 accidents since 1963.

In terms of specific instances, here are a few unnerving coincidences, if you will, that have occurred in that spot:

  • Two hurricanes, as well as a number of tornadoes, have hit that exact quarter-mile stretch.
  • Drivers report a loss of cell signal + radio frequency when driving through this patch.
  • Travelers have heard disembodied voices, children’s laughter, snarling, and growling, through the radio static, when other signals are lost.
  • Drivers have also reported not only hearing unexplained phenomena but seeing them too. Sightings of “ghost vehicles,” people, and orbs, are just some of what has been reported.

Do you have a scary story (well... scarier than the usual traffic) to share about this stretch of road? Prop a flashlight under your chin and tell us about it.

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