Friday, May 18, 2012

The abandoned road

Reeder Road, also known as Redar Road, is a well-known abandoned Road located in the Northwestern Indiana town of Griffith. This five mile stretch of road is situated between Merrillville and Griffith, though it is rarely listed on public maps any longer. It's entrance is located south of Oak Ridge park off of Colfax street in Griffith and is nestled within the confines of a creepy, mysterious-looking forest. RR has a long history that began sometime around 1910 when it was built as a convenient route for manufacturers located in Griffith trying to transport products to Merrillville. 

RR was used as a burial dumping grounds for the local South Chicago mafia that ran rampant through the 1920's and 30's. The mafia chose this road since it was seldom traveled, situated deep in the woods, and hardly visible since their was never a single street lamp installed. A picture of what remains of the road can be seen below. 


The road was also a known "heroin alley" (where dope fiends shoot up) during the 1970's. Accounts from locals describe the road as dangerous in the 70's, a place you would visit if you were looking to sell drugs, buy drugs, or get killed. A good friend of mine's mother described her very own experiences on RR back in her drug using days. She also informed us that even now, it was a bad idea to visit the road. Just by taking a look at the South entrance, you would think it was a bad idea (photo below). 

According to a couple that lives near the road on the South end, the main story of this haunted stretch of road concerns a teenage youth in the 1970's whom encountered a specter as he drove home from his high school prom. As he was racing down the road, a beautiful young woman with long, blonde hair traversed his path. He was forced to stop his vehicle as she instantaneously entered his car. She proceeded to tell him that  her car had veered off the road and she needed a ride home. While she was giving him directions to her home, the young man drove by Ross cemetery (which is located to the left of the road if traveling North). To his horror, he discovered that his mysterious guest had vanished. The story behind the young woman, known as Elizabeth Wilson, is that she was involved in a major car accident in 1955. Supposedly, her boyfriend was giving her a ride home after a date when he hit a pothole that caused their vehicle to swerve off the road, and roll over into the ditch to the left. Legend has it that Elizabeth was first to drown in the ditch while her boyfriend watched in terror as she screamed and struggled to get free. Both are said to have died that night. 

Another local legend claims that if you walk down Reeder Road for about an hour and a half from the direction of Griffith, as you look to the right, you may spot a white church dating back to the 1920's. Some say that a passerby can hear the screams of the congregation that an insane pastor had killed many years ago. The story is that the pastor suffocated the children, soaked the women in gasoline and burned them, and chopped up the men while they were still alive. He supposedly did this with the help of tranquilizers that he put in the communion wine. The church is now boarded up and abandoned but still accessible near the rear entrance. 

Other local accounts have stated that at night, if you pass the railroad tracks that run parallel to Reeder Road, you can see a man in black clothing holding an oil lamp walking toward you from the direction of the tracks. Legend states that the man was an engineer on a train that crashed near the road in the 1940's. They also say that if you encounter a train around 6 pm you will see glowing orange orbs between the rail cars, and the train will almost look ghost like. 

After hearing all of these accounts of paranormal activity, I decided that it was time for a personal trip to this road which is conveniently located less than a couple of miles from my hometown. About 3 years ago, my good friend John decided it would be a great idea, so he asked a couple of friends if they would like to make a trip to the road. 

After about 2 hours we finally found the entrance to the road, which was cut off by the yellow gate that is pictured above. We arrived around 7 pm, right around sunset on a hot (90 F) Summer night. All 6 of us hopped the gate and began our journey down the road. We successfully walked the first portion of the road (2 1/2 miles) before the sun had gone completely down. The first part of the road ends near the train tracks where the man in black is supposed to appear. Unfortunately there was no sign of this man, but there was a train in the distance so we decided to wait to cross until the train passed. The truth behind the orange orbs between the rail cars is completely true. There were (strange balls as I once considered them) between the rail cars, and the train almost seemed unreal. It was traveling at great speeds and looked like an old model compared to trains normally seen in the area. 

We continued down the second portion of the road and we could see the church where the congregation had been killed in the distance. As we continued down the road, a friend of mine, whom well call Tony told us all to shut up and stop. Next thing you know, we are at the end of the road and we are hearing faint screams, like that of a group of women. The screams became louder and louder. We all decided it was time to head back towards the first part of the road, and ran we did. As we passed the cemetery, we were seeing white orbs EVERYWHERE. It scared the hell out of us and we finally made it to the middle section of the roads near the tracks, completely out of breath. 

As we started back on the first part of the tracks, we started hearing a crumpling sound, like leaves during the fall. We all stopped and waited a minute to see what it was. About a minute after waiting lights were coming towards us far off in the distance (note we are about a 1/2 mile down the first part of the road). They got closer and closer and half of us hid on one side of the road, half on the other side. Finally the lights were within twenty feet away. It was a 50's or 60's white station wagon. The windows seemed to be tinted and nobody could be seen inside of the vehicle. At this point, we all felt like we were about to get killed. The car came to a slow 5 mph or less as it crept past us, and than drove off into the distance towards the entrance of the road (keep in mind the entrance is gated and chained, and there is no way on or off). At this point, it is pitch black outside (about 11 pm) and there is nobody in sight besides this white station wagon. We began following the car, but as we approached the rear of the vehicle it vanished. We all looked at each other wondering what had just happened.

We ran back to the group and informed them of what just happened. They were terrified and didn't know what to say. We all decided to run back to the car as fast as we could, hoping that the white station wagon was nothing but a figment of our imaginations. We finally made it to the gate, and noticed that it was still locked, with chains and locks firmly wrapped around it. Everyone was confused and terrified at this point. Next thing you know, lights come toward us once again at the entrance. Well.. it was the police. They asked us what we were doing and we explained that we were ghost hunting. They told us it was a good idea to just get in the car and leave. We asked them if they had seen any cars and they said no. The officer claimed to have been parked near our vehicle for two hours waiting for the owner of it. He had seen or heard nothing. 

If you are interested in visiting this piece of supernatural history, I advise you to go during sunset, with a large group, and walk the entire road which consists of the part on the other side of the tracks. You can also visit Ross cemetery where Elizabeth Wilson (the crash victim from the 50's) is buried. Her gravestone is located near the south right corner of the cemetery. Good luck and please... be careful. 

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  1. Be careful indeed and when you visit Ross Cemetery next time look for the other "Wilson" buried there. I am his younger brother and went ghost hunting with him, August 1970 when he was killed by a train on the tracks of Redar Road. Fun and games end at this point when one still can't get over the loss of his brother 40 years after the ghost hunting experience.

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    1. My late husband spoke of that night; he was there the night of your brother's death, and always teared up when he spoke about it. Needless to say he never wanted to drive in that area, but would drive the long way around to avoid it.

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    2. My little sister's suicide was one month after our ghost hunt there. And odd enough, there have been so many suicides in Griffith that are connected to that place... I am sorry to hear about your brother, mate.

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    3. I remember that very well. I'm sorry for you.

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    4. I remember that "Wilson" train accident. My brother was friends with him..

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    5. I remember the train accident . Was your Brothers name Bruce. My brother Ted was a friend of his. I have thought about his sccident many times. I am sorry for your loss.

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    6. i am taking some photos of the place ill post them soon to my blog

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    7. The house I grew up in adjoined the back yard of the Wilson home.. I graduated HS with Bruce Wislon, knew him through all of my growing up years and have thought about him often through these 40+ years.. Some people are never forgotten..

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    8. i lived in hammond and went to rr nothing of that extreme happened but a big black cat jumped on our car and yet left no foot prints in the snow that was on the car - but we all saw it - that was about the extent of our visit and we walked the road but i have friends who swear they have had encounters. my encounter happend in the early 90s but it wasnt scary like this

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    9. After reading this I know I will never play with my Lionel train set again. Or Hot Wheels.

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  2. Ross cemetery is at 50th and Whitcomb, a few miles away. Can you please post some of the news articles about all these killings in Lake County? Many of the families here today date back to the same surnames on the squatters lists in the 1830s, you'd think there would be family stories, news articles, historical papers.

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  3. Anyone know where the Church is located on the road? From what I'm reading, it seems this church can only be visited by walking down Reeder Road. Very interesting account though, you should publish more. I got this link through facebook.

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  4. When I was a kid they found a guy chopped up in pieces back there ! They had to find his head, arms, legs scattered all over back there ! We use to hang out there as kids to !

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    1. What year did that happen do you recall?

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    2. I would guess maybe 1978. Or a year or two either way.

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    3. Yes, it is true. Friend of my family was the victim.

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  5. When I was a teenager my friends and I were driving around drinking beer and decided to go down Reeder road at about midnight. One of my friends needed to pee. We stopped and let him out constantly assuring him we would wait for him.The minute he unzipped his pants we took off at a high rate of speed.We stopped a mile away to debate how long we shoulkd wait before going back and picking him up again. We had been stopped for only ten seconds when we felt something hit the car ,it was our friend who had ran almost as fast as the car was travelling .He cursed us and jumped into the back seat.We drove about another half mile and noticed a fire off the road in the woods. We decided against investigating. A few days later we saw in the post that a body was found there partially burned on an abandoned couch.

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    1. Wow my dad told me this same story wen I was little said doug was his name

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    2. I would love to go gost hunting on reead road.i have heard the story of devel dog with the read eyes and the story of elizabth to.i lived in hammond and moved to mesa, az in march of 08 but i would love to go down reeda road.

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    3. I lived in Hammond and had heard many stories about Reeder road. I went there with several people in late 70's. There were no lights on the road, no moonlight that nite. We got to the railroad tracks and the car died for no reason and would not start. We sat on tracks for what seemed like an eternity trying to start. Finally car started. I will never go back there.

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  6. I lived in that area for many years and went "ghost hunting" on Reeder Road many times and never saw anything.Also this is the first time I ever heard of a train wreck or the murders at the church. The only story we ever heard was the Elizabeth Wilson one.

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    1. Yeah, Ive been "googling" this and I couldn't come up with much about any Church

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    2. Never saw a church. Or heard of one. But maybe many years ago.

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  7. what a load of bollocks.....

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    1. Totally agree!!! Bollocks!!!

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    2. Agreed! I grew up on Colfax less than quarter a mile away from Reeder Road and passed it on a daily basis. And never ever did I encountered one of these claims. I can't even tell you the thousands of trains I had to sit through in the day and night and never once saw any orbs or man. My friends and I spent numerous afternoons and evenings driving down the section of the road that we could and even walked through some of the woods that is accessible through Oak Ridge Prairie.

      So many claims of churches and murders, yet where are all of the links to the news articles. Do you think a man would chop up a bunch of people or a pastor burn down his church without it landing in the news!?!

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  8. I grew up in Griffith, my father grew up in Griffith, and HIS father grew up in Griffith. Three generations and dozens of residents, yet no one in my family has ever come across anything on Reeder Road, nor does anyone remember any of the cited incidents. Every one of these hauntings has been retold across the state almost verbatim, each at multiple locations.

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  9. I remember the old man with the lamp at the end of the road. And yes, I saw him...and the lamp back in the 80s.

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    1. My husband and were just there and seen a light in the woods coming towards us and we took off

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    2. Never heard light story. Maybe confused with Moody's light in Rennselaer area. (Francesville lights)

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    3. I went there once- middle of the day- and I remember seeing a guy with a stick and lamp... I was like, weird. And then he was gone after a train passed. I have goosebumps thinking about what it could have been now. I thought it was a hobo.

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  10. It's difficult to believe the post as written. I lived a couple of miles from Reder Rd and when I started driving (in the 70's) I traveled it many times, more times than I can remember. It was a short cut out to Taft from Colfax. The road (the "scary" part) is less than 2 miles long. Yes, at the time it did feel a little weird because it was so abandoned, but even though I had heard stories... I still used the road and never saw a thing. I never saw a church, a cemetery, or even a ditch as one of the accounts mention. I stopped using the road in the late 70's because it was poorly kept. I don't know why it was finally closed, I imagine it was funding.

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  11. This was a fun read. I used to go back there all the time when I was in high school. Though, I only knew of the car going off the road. Reminds me of all the scary stories from good ol' NWI.

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  12. I always believed the place to be truly beautiful, honestly. I used to love going there with my friends. We would always joke and say we were the Lucky Seven and go hang out in the Barrens, like in Stephen King's IT whenever we would go there. But as I get older, I seem to see just how dark that place really is. There is definitely something there and whatever it is, it is evil.

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  13. I love that place! I have picnics there! lol

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  14. I went there to ghost hunt about 11 years ago. Never saw a thing!

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  15. I used to travel that road back when it went all the way through. I never saw anything even when I heard the stories. But I never heard about the church, or saw a church in that area. I never heard about bodies being left there either. It did start to look creepy when brush started taking over. I even went out there with my friends and we never saw anything. I am not saying that there is nothing there, but I nor my friends saw anything.

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  16. I worked at the Industrial Plant on Reder that leads to the road.
    Turn Left on Reder off Colfax.
    Don't really think I believe the stories, but I do believe and remember the crazy once and a lifetime situations we always encountered at that business till it closed.
    Seemed like someone or something was always getting hurt, damaged, or destroyed.

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  17. in 1973 I lived on reeder road and don't remember any of these accounts of course I was only 5 then , the cool thing was my grandparents last name was reeder ,I thought it was cool we shared the same name as the road . our house burnt down that we lived in on reeder road , after that my grandparents and I moved to lake station.

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  18. A fun read but as for ghosts, ghost trains and spooks. Bollocks!!!!!!

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  19. Just because you may not see, hear, feel or touch doesn't mean there isn't anything that could affect you! There are too many things that we will never understand or are meant to understand! I personally believe in "ghosts", "spirits" the afterlife. Word of caution, be careful in you endeavors, what you may think is fun and games, can turn very dangerous on a dime and then you're SOL!

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    1. I think it's cool, if it really is haunted!!!!

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  20. There are certain points in this world that act as gateways for hell. Places that radiate pure evil, where bad things tend to happen. Griffith is referred to as "The Town That Came To The Railroad". It was not the railroad that brought them here but rather the evil that drew them in. The founding fathers of this town were well aware of it's power and influence, and the sacrifices it would demand in return. Murders, suicides and other horrific events had gone unreported throughout the years due to the "secret society" type group made up of family members of the founding fathers covering these incidents up to protect the town. But watch closely as more and more stories will surface. Not wanting to pass on the burden of their sins to their sons and grandsons the last remaining members of this group will pass away and leave the town unprotected from the evil that dwells here. For when the devil has no messenger, he must speak for himself.

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    1. It is a native american burial ground. Natives in the area used natural water ways and swamps to protect thier dead. North of the road in oak ridge is the grounds. Nuff said.

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    2. yes they were native american burial grounds me and my "FAMILY" had a house there there are so many pissed of spirits there from the native americans to the bodys that the mafia used to dump there thats why the road was closed i walk into the kitchen there with the lights off and the room turned red and we checked in to the house and the whole family was murderd there they must of seen something they shouldnt have if u know how to open yourself up u will see a lot personaly i suggest to stay away from that place its marked from hell beware

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    3. Do you know what a period is?

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  21. I have lived in Griffith 60 yrs and have traveled down reder rd many times especially when I was a teenager-it was always very desolate and eerie and had heard of many strange things but have never experienced them myself-I think a lot of the stories are from families who live near the west end and like they're privacy-oooh

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  22. LOL, it's a good bunch of stories, but a good friend of mine used to manage the park there. It's my understanding that the road is closed to the public because it's part of the park. We've been up and down that road plenty and the only thing scary are the size and number of the mosquitoes. :)

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  23. Reatives of mine named George & Elbethel Reeder used to live down there. My grand parents are buried in Ross cemetery & the the many times that I have been there never have heard or seen anything. Ive never heard any of these stories either.I believe that kids made them up years ago when the fun thing was to run in the woods & go to cemetaries at night & freak one another out. Reminds me of the good old "Snipe Hunts"!

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  24. this is all crap. i grew up in that area, and know people related to the owners of the property.. all stories...

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  25. I love this type of story, but seriously if you are real ghost hunters, shouldn't you have taken cameras and audio equipment and what not? The car seems a bit unbelievable, though I must admit it adds a cool element to the story. I love the paranormal and want to believe peoples stories, but without some sort of proof, whether photos, visual or audio recordings, the "legends" will remain just that.

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    1. please share your experience

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    2. I just seen this on facebook...yes true ghost hunters would have had proof....so...we will try to go there..see what we get on video and audio...I'll update

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  26. Going there this saturday with a group of friends and i do own ghost hunting equipment...its time to see if all this is true or all B.S.

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    1. dont park on the road trust me, or anywhere near it, griffith cops are cool, but Scherrerville will come and thier fucking assholes period. Park at the head of the new bike trail and walk down colfax a few feet, when u reach colfax and reeder RUN down there till u reach the yellow gates. Cars will see you on colfax but make sure none of the people on reeder see you, if you go late enough, everyone should be gone from the buisnesses and the houses should be asleep.

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    2. I did some research,.the only thing I can find is some guy got drunk and shit in cal city in 1968 and they dumped his body there. then they killed the bar owner.

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    3. When I was a teenager we'd have a car load of people drinking beer and drive down that rode.I graduated in 1974 so it was before that when we would go there.We never felt safe out there but we'd go anyways.I've always have been adventurous.We also went to the cemetaries at night.I wish I could remember who's car it was and who the people were that I went there with.This has made me wish I could go back home and go down that road at night.But I would be more scared walking.It was very creepy on that road.

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  27. I grew up in Griffith (graduated in 1980) when Reeder Road was still open. Many is the time I walked that road - day and night - and never witnessed anything supernatural. I was so disappointed!

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  28. one time my GF Molly and I were walking down Reeder Rd when we were mugged and I was murdered.

    After I died nobody could hear anything I said except this weird psychic chic named Oda Mae, so I had Oda Mae slide a penny under the door at Mollys house so I could lift it up and make Molly cry, but then my best friend tried to kill Molly and I had to punch him in the junk until a giant pane of glass cut his goofy looking head off


    ahhhhhhh memories, those were the good ole days

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    1. one time my GF Molly and I were walking down Reeder Rd when we were mugged and I was murdered.

      After I died nobody could hear anything I said except this weird psychic chic named Oda Mae, so I had Oda Mae slide a penny under the door at Mollys house so I could lift it up and make Molly cry, but then my best friend tried to kill Molly and I had to punch him in the junk until a giant pane of glass cut his goofy looking head off


      ahhhhhhh memories, those were the good ole days

      hahahaha rob you just made my day reading that hahaha funny shit.. lmao

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  29. Used to go there a lot, never encountered much, though one time I went I did feel like a could see a man off in the distance on the tracks..never saw a church but there is a pond after the cornfield where I heard the screams of what I thought was a lynch mob, thought it was a party on the other side until the sound got closer and closer, ended up about 10 feet away until we decided to leave that part, also saw a set of headlights that belonged to a white pick up, never got close to us but there was no way it would have even made it on the road with the woods and gate, took a lot of pictures and saw A LOT of orbs, I believe reeder road is haunted like crazy

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  30. My family has lived in Griffith for 4 generations and I have heard the stories over and over but I have also been told they are all BS. In the late 80's and early 90's my friends grandfather lived in the last house on the right traveling east on Reeder Road from Colfax. We would park our truck there and go down Reeder Road to deer hunt almost daily at all times of the day from early morning until dark and we never seen or heard anything and we spent a ton of time walking that area. I do find the stories intresting as someone would of a great fiction novel.

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  31. All the folklore has been hyped about reeder road. I have lived in Griffith not far from reeder road my whole life. The accident in the 50,s where the Wilson girl was killed is true. My mother said that the car had overturned and she was knocked unconscious, while face down in a shallow pool or big puddle. Anyway, there were a few bodies found out there over the years, as most of NW Indiana was used as a dumping ground for Chicago Mob Murders for decades. I do remember a man was cut up by a chainsaw and dumped close to reeder road, but actually a mile or so from the road. There has been a steady flow of suicides of young people over the years , but nothing overly substantial, and yes... the Lore of Reeder road had been somewhat connected to some of them, and a couple particular. The Drug thing of the 70,s may be a little far fetched. The road was mostly littered with trash on both sides for years and that is mostly why the road was closed at first. But, with the conversion of the property to a County Park is what finally closed the road for auto passage. Part of the road is still used as a service road for county workers. Reeder road is almost exactly 2 miles long and was originally used by the Reeder family for their farm. The road was a great short cut between south Griffith and North Merrillville. And an easy shortcut to Hendricks Road, which led through a few farms and to 73rd avenue-which was old Lincoln highway. Old Reeder Road was a great place for a thrill to scare girls and younger kids. A few other accidental deaths near the road and its bordering properties have added to the lore. With the desolate railroads still running through there, and the landscape untouched, the area is truly creepy. and at night it is dark as dark can be. I have been told many, many ghost stories about Reeder Road. Too many to list. There is no old church on the road and there is no cemetery.

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  32. In addition
    ... I have spent countless days roaming the woods and swamps in the entire immediate areas around reefer road. Heard the stories about the burial grounds..... but never found any evidence in writings, history, internet, etc. Found a couple spots that were told to be the grounds and they are not easy to get to unless in winter when the ground is frozen. There has been several accidental deaths in immediate areas around reeder road. The suicede in oak ridge prairie was tragic and the death of joe bonnema the following year just compiled the folklore. The early town members dealt with several tradgedies and have always tried to hush the rumblings. But some were not so easy to extinguish. County records until after the depression were kept but easily hidden. With a very active church, civil, and masonic patronage, the towns image, progress and history has been properly preserved . Griffith is a very close, hospitable, god faring and joyous place. South of the industrial areas and a great humane habitat. With some great ghost stories!;

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  33. I used to go down that road with my friend in high school just because it was so creepy. I will say that I definitely wouldn't discount the stories completely. I know that a lot of people do not believe in the paranormal and unless you've experienced it yourself, it could seem pretty unbelievable. I have 100% experienced it and have pictures that could never be discredited, especially being that they are on my iPhone. I have dealt with paranormal experiences my whole life. I'm not trying to convince anyone to believe in it, I don't have to not do I care if people do, I just know what's happened with me for 32 years and it is definitely an "experience"! I never did go back with equipment in my adult years, maybe someday I will. Again, as crazy as this may sound, some spirits are drawn to people, hence why some capture things, experience it, etc.

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    1. Mental health issues only effect certain people too...

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  34. My husband and I drove that rode for a bumpy road trip because I was over due. Drove that rode allot and never heard of any f these stories, but I do love ghost stories and haunted places will have to go out there someday when I come back to Indiana

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  35. I have lived my whole life in Griffith and have been hearing these stories on and off since I was a child. My parents used to tell me about how there were bodies found near Reeder Road when they were teenagers. I have been down the road multiple times and during both day and night. Nothing has ever happened. There is no church, the cemetery isn't even on the road. It is just a creepy looking road because it hasn't been taken care of and its located in the woods. I found it more pretty then creepy.

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  36. I love a good ghost story too! But any pictures would help!

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  37. I had always heard of the stories growing up in Griffith, and did not know what to think of them. The Lake County parks dept. bought the land around Reeder rd. n the early 80's. They closed the rd. to make the entire area Oak Ridge prarie county park. Myself and 2 friends were hired by the parks dept to clean up all the trash from the rd. as it was used as a dumping ground for years. We spent the entire summer cleaning up all the mattresses, fridges, sinks, stoves, carpet, and dump truck loads of trash. We never saw a thing, just lots of bees! The cemetary is 3 miles away from Reeder rd, not on it, and I know of no church there. I also spent alot of time in the woods just south of the rd. east of the tracks. I worked on a pipeline through this area and always enjoyed the beautiful scenery. NEVER SCARED of anything in this area.

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  38. the so called church is actually the farm house i lived in for over twenty years is it accessed off a side road.i never had any weird experiences. i was known to play in those woods at night in army fatigues to my knowledge "and i knew people who lived on that road since the 20's" there was only one body found on that road and it was a crack whore that was killed by her pimp.there was one found in the early 80's about 3/4's off a mile away actually now its oak ridge prarie without a head and hands it was also a drug deal gone bad.i can and have walked that road many times at all hours and saw nothing weird. the women screaming were probably my family,and my parents still do play church music

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  39. I grew up in St. John, IN and we used to drive down Reeder Road all the time, and I never saw any of this stuff. I have investigated all these claims and talked to people in Calumet Twnship and none have any recollection of this road being anything else than a farm road. In fact one night some friends and I basically sat out there in the car and looked and listened and nothing. I have been down that road approx. 100 times, BTW-the road does not run to Merrillville from Griffith either-the road is entirely in Calumet Township and no where near 5 miles long, In fact you can walk the entire road in about 35 minutes or so and I have, it is about 2 miles long at the most(running between Colfax and Hendricks) and the road is now part of the Oak Ridge Prairie County Park of the Lake County Park System and has been for probably 20 years. BTW, the other anonymous is correct--these stories started happening after that girl was found around 1981 or so, until then there was no stories surrounding the road. In fact there were several businesses at the Colfax end of the road for a long time before the park system bought the land. There is no old church on the road either. There were a lot of accidents though back on that road because people would hit the tracks to fast and miss the sharp turn on the other side and wind up in the ditch. The road was definitely a "dumping ground" but not for any mob, just for trash The mafia in NW Indiana was controlled by the Greeks and they always had a problem with the Chicago mobs, so I doubt very seriously if any of the stories of mob killing there were even valid just mostly urban legend. Great ghost stories, but sadly none are very true.

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  40. GREW UP IN MERRILLVILLE AND USED TO DRIVE UP AND DOWN THAT ROAD ALL THE TIME PARTING EVEN GETTING OUT OF THE CAR AND WALK AROUND........

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  41. To the anonymous person talking about people havIng mental issues..WOW! Why even be ignorant? Here's a thought.. If you don't like what you're reading or people's posts, then DONT read them! This is a blog discussing a particular place, no need for ignorance! Best of luck!

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  42. I grew up in Griffith and I used to ride my bike out there sometimes. I don't recall seeing anything unusual at all, except the trains (Grand Truck Western) passed through there at 90 mph and there was no flashing signal or gate, just a horn and then the train itself. But Ross Cemetery is another matter entirely.

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  43. Road is in griffith and merrillville. Does not go through unincorporated Cal township at all. That property ends at main street and north.everything southwest is griffith and merrillville. Border is main street. South ofmain is griffith to the east end of airport. Then south to equilivant to avenueH. Merrillville starts to east of airport and south of main

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  44. Me and my friends are planning on going. I don't know if I want to. Having mixed feelings. Is there anything that is needed to be known before going? Any pointers or anything? Please and Thank You

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  45. You will not see anything most likely. It is creepy and dark. There's a cool festival in downtown griffith tonight. I would go there. Lake county police frequent thru the area as well as griffith and occasionally schererville. A very much scarier place is the lake county jail. Trust me, you don't want to wind up there! There's coyotes and stray dogs throughout the woods. And the railroad cops are out a lot and the dnr has an office near the end by Hendricks in merrillville

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  46. Back in the late 70s my friends and I would drive down Reeder Road at night. We would turn off our headlights and it was so dark you could not see anything. I always heard that if you parked your car on the railroad tracks at midnight on halloween you would get hit by a train and die...of course we were too scared to find out. We never saw a church. Stories were told that people would hang dummies in the trees to scare people. They also said that if you went to the cemetery you would see a women in white walking around. The cemetery was said to have weeds and gloomy on the outside and on the inside the gates is was all nice and green. I have not been back there sinces the late 70s in fact I even forgot about that
    road. It was a good place to go to at night and be scared. I would love to see pictures of what the middle part of the road looks like if anyone will post picture.

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    1. you would only die at midnight if the grand trunk was on schedule that night. typically its actually death at 1205

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  47. Here's the real deal on Reeder road. I am a former Gary Police officer now working in the steel mills. My Father was a Lake County police Officer with the Sheriffs dept. in the 70's. I grew up in Merrillville in the 70's/ 80's and always heard the stories. When I became of age, my father finally told me the truth. One night him and his partner which County Police had back then would come down Reeder on patrol a lot of times since it was open back then between Merrillville and Griffith. One night, him and his partner came across a body that had just been dumped minutes before in the middle of the street. The guy was shot multiple times and taking his last breaths. They could do nothing for him and he died right there in front of them on Reeder road. They never found who dumped him there or got any info. He also said they would find a lot of stolen abandoned cars in the woods off the road too that came out of Gary. He told me that a lot of things were not reported by the local papers because they did not want to alarm residents in Merrillville. A lot of politicians and people formerly of Gary were now living and moving to Merrillville as it was drastically expanding in a major real estate development boom and they did not want to affect market prices and development. There were a few other incidents in that area of the road as well which will be left unsaid. Most but not all of the stories surrounding Reeder are just legends that can also be tied to other famous haunted areas in other towns, but there really is a real negative history to this road to those of us are in the know, and so now do you. There more than one reason they closed off that road for good, and it was the best thing they ever did.

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  48. I live on reder road. The worst/scariest thing to happen is the raccoons in the garbage late at night. Great campfire stories. But that's all they are, campfire stories. Sorry to ruin it for you.

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  49. Never, but always wanted to take a stroll down RR. Heard a lot of these stories, but never heard the one about the church being on the road or the killings that took place at this church. Friends of mine have been down this road and they felt an uneasiness and creepy feeling (like being watched). They also heard noises, but couldn't really detect what it was at that time. I believe a lot in the paranormal. Thing have happened to me, been touched, a lot happens thru my dreams, etc. Lets just say I'm very open to it all! My mother is the same way, but she's been around a lot longer and is more experienced with it all! We have lots of pictures of where we been, orbs, faces and mists in pictures! We capture a lot at Bachelor's Grove in IL and of course other cemeteries. Maybe one day we can explore this road with all of our equipment and see what appears! Until then, Happy Hauntings!!

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  50. Just because you personally never "saw" anything paranormal does not mean it is not there. If you are not receptive to it, you won't see it. I have been to RR a few times. Very spooky but never made it too far down the road. I want to though. My stepdad use to tell me creepy stories when he would hang out there. Have fun, be careful, & Happy Hauntings!

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    1. I did take a little "piece" of the road last year!

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    2. I am what some people call a medium. I am extremly sensitive to the energies spirits give off.. I don't know who you are, but if you really have a "piece" of the road and these stories are true, your best course of action would be to return what you have taken. When you remove an item from a place that is filled with strong spiritual energies, you take a little piece of that energy with you. If it is a negative energy, which is what all these stories suggest, you could have taken a very dangerous piece of the road with you. Please be sure to return what you have taken with you from the road before bad things start to happen.

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  51. I took my husband there around midnight on Halloween a few tears ago. I grew up in Munster and heard these stories and a few... not mentioned. Like the one about the young couple who were parked there making out. The guy gets out of the car because they hear something. He disappears for a few minutes. The girl in the car hears branches scraping on the roof of the car and when she gets out she finds him hanging upside down with his nails scraping the hood of the car. She hopps back in the car, turns the head lights on only to see the entire car surrounded by junk, and old furniture. They find her dead along with the boyfriend. The night we went I brought a tarp to sit on, munchies and a few scary stories for our surprise outing. It was creepy, without question. Everything was fine until a white
    Escalade pulled up out of the blue asking us if we heard about the 2 people from Munster that were killed there the night before and pointed to an area right by us. They
    said the police just removed the tape earlier that
    afternoon. As I had this look of horror on my face because we were from Munster, they
    said... " Happy Halloween", laughed and drove off. It was perfect for a Hallowen Adventure.

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  52. walk my dog on the RR occasionally ...beats the five bucks for parking...its ten degrees cooler in the heat of summer as the trees block most of the sun along the path...takes 13minutes to walk gate to tracks, creepy...residents monitor traffic intensely...i do not blame them...i would not suggest going after dark, the loons come out at night...happy hauntings!!

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  53. Me and a friend of mine love to go there we talk to the spirits of the road stand under a tree on the road ask a question and you will recieve a sign from them one time when we were on the train tracks we saw strange red gliwing eyes

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  54. My friend and I were supposed to go to Reeder today, we've both been curious. Got busy doing other things, but honestly, I'm not to sure going with just two people is smart. We want to go during the day, and find this old church. My friend has seen it once before while walking there a few years ago. I hear the best way in is through oak ridge prairie. I'd like to get some pics and look around.
    FYI, for those of you who have seen"glowing" eyes at night: I can't say for sure what you saw, but you should know this - animals have a reflective layer in their eyes called tapetum which glows either green or red. That's a fact. If you saw"eyes" that were bright like lights, well, that may be something way different than an animal....

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  55. I GUESS WE WILL NEVER KNOW!!!!!

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  56. been there many many times, a lot happened on that road. ah the memories.

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    1. Smokin' some crack rocks

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  57. My grandparents lived on the corner of RR and Colfax until my grandfather passed away.I've seen things that were very unexplainable in my life, however I never seen anything on RR. I didn't even know it was haunted until my family moved when I was 16. I remember everyone at school telling me it was huanted. I questioned my grandmother and her asking me if I ever seen anything. I will responded with no. She told me "well there you have it. There's rumors about everything everywhere. Things have happened on that road but nothing that couldn't be explained." To be honest i felt more at peace walking down RR than i ever felt.

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  58. The day before my hubby and I were married it was snowing badly and we had a Volkswagen bug. We went there frequently to run our dog. Anyway he wasn't thinking and drove off the right side of the road to park. We got stuck in a heap of snow. I remember another Volkswagen wagon came down the road and 4 big guy's got out asked if we needed some help. They picked the vw up put it back on the road got back in their 've and drove away. That was lucky that was the blizzard of '78. It snowed 4 foot wa would have never been found till spring. LOL. Thanks guys if you were guys.

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  59. My son and his friends want to travel that road. They only bring it up during Halloween, though. I'm not too far from there and the GHS boys soccer team train at Oak Ridge Prairie Park, so I'm fairly familiar with the area. I grew up in EC and NEVER heard of these stories, or the road, until last year. I'm not too crazy about the murder stories, which is what would put me off to let him go there. As for ghost hunting, I'm not opposed to it and think it would be hysterical to see him and his friends pile up in the TV room with the lights on all night. They did it when they watched The Conjuring and it was fun to randomly clap my hands for a reaction. Pfft.. teens!

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  60. I grew up in the area and have been to RR quite a few times. There have been times I have seen things and have taken plenty of pictures that show some eerie images. There has been times where we haven't had any incidents or pictures come back with anything at all... One thing I know for sure about that area is for some reason there is always a major temperature difference around there. It has always felt a good ten degrees or more colder than surrounding areas. I have also came across the oil lamp or mysterious light on the tracks and that was before I heard any stories of that. My cousins and a few friends were walking the tracks one night and encountered a stopped train with 666 painted on many of the cars of the train. Took pics of the train and what was a clear night, there's plenty of smoky fog like images that surrounded the train in certain areas... Much like the images we found taking pics on the side of the road. One picture still always stands out in my head to this day. It was a foggy image of a person reaching there hands out to choke someone. Campfire stories or not. There is a huge negative energy around there and although I haven't always had encounters there, the ones I have are enough to of made me a believer. As for the church, never could find it. The local police do not play around with this area though. When I was younger going there all the time there was groups if people that would go there and do satanic rituals according to the police and we found evidence of that one night. We used to walk into the fields on the side of the road as well and in one field we found a burnt pentagram in the grass along with some blood stains from what looked to be some sort of sacrafice. if you feel compelled to venture out here be aware that the local police does not take trespassing lightly and you could be arrested for it. A lot of the images we have found in photos where from the first 1/2 segment of the road

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  61. I grew up with the stories of RR also. My mom graduated from Morton in 77 and always tell us the stories on Halloween. My grandma would agree and every time we passed RR my grandma would say there it is. My mom said when she was in high school they would drive it like everyone did on dates. So they had the hitchhiker story back in the 70s... She never mentioned anything about drugs and never did them so I don't see it as Heroin Alley. She did mention about the mob burying bodies out there and in the surrounding fields around here. They would always joke that was where Hoffa was buried. I am a little creeped out by the man with the gas light story though cuz i was stopped by a train by Oak Ridge Prarie and I saw a man down by the train with a gas light and I thought it was weird and then he was gone but I figured I had just looked away too long and didn't see where he went. First I had ever heard of that.

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  62. there used to be houses on reeder but there was a fire and they burned down and there were some deaths this was long long ago..my grandma grew up jus south of there

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  63. Used to go there in high school. We called it "reefer road" because people would park out there and get high. We figured the stories of dumping bodies out there was to discourage us from hanging out there.

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  64. Kids used that road for racing and getting high when i was in high school. its not haunted just shitty.

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  65. If you all look on Google Maps, there is no church.

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  66. I lived on reder road for 10 years. 1043 reder road. All superstitious. Nothing but peaceful and beautiful woods

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  67. All of these stories are urban legends. R.R. is not any more haunted than any other place on Earth.

    It is nothing more than an abandoned road.

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  68. I believe the church in question was an evil unholy place after the terrible happenings there. It was probably cleansed (to some extent) by by the fire of rightousness and the foundation was overgrown.How ever the evil probably still exits there (to some extent). Its just a matter of stumbling across it. Hopefully not in the dark of night!

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  69. Who wrote this? I grew up in Griffith and I live in Munster now. We did go down R.R. to freak people (girls) out while drinking.

    GHS 86 Grad

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    1. I traveled redar road many a times, alone and with firends trying to scare each other. Seen a lot of wierd things but nothing dangerous, use to see a large group of Chinese that would have picnics along the tracks about half way through the road I guess. I worked baling hay for Old man Reder in high school, the road was closed because the Park has taken the property. We had many a good nights on Reder road, would get questioned by the police but we were just kids having fun. there were always scary stories. Park took over the pond on Whitcomb and stopped us from fishing there and it just sits there now doing nothing because of politics, what does fishing hurt.

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  70. Oh and there was no church or cemetery there.
    Lots of junk from people dumping.

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  71. There's negative energy in that area. I rode near there today and could feel it. Not that I saw or heard anything, it's just kind of a nasty feeling around there.

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  72. We lived on Reder Road from 1983 to 1991.....while we did not see orbs of light and such, we were well aware of the legends and yet it was a great place to live, The last house on the left before the tracks. Mostly what we found were abandoned animals. Halloween night was so busy it was sometimes shut down by civil defence.

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  73. Some friends and I took a ride down RR around 1981. A Lake County Sherrifs deputy pulled us over. He let us go but he did tell us that "nobody plays on Reeder Road"

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  75. I have an awesome story about this place.... and it doesn't involve ghosts. Back in 2003, my cousin and I decided to check this road out. We took my cousin's truck. In the article, you see a gate blocking the entrance to the road. Yeah, we drove around that. We followed the road in the truck until it ended at some railroad tracks that were elevated in the air by gravel mounds. We decided it would be a fantastic idea to simply drive over them. Nope. We got stuck as the bed of the truck rested perfected on the tracks, allowing both sets of tires to hang about a foot off the ground on either side. I got out of the truck in order to attempt to push it off the track while my cousin hit the gas. This merely spit a bunch of gravel at me and blew the back tire. Then, that horrible sound that could only signal something terrible echoed from the distance. A freaking train was coming. My cousin, apparently thinking quicker than I, grabbed a flashlight from the truck and waved it up and down at the oncoming train. Miraculously, the train managed to come to a complete stop only eight freaking feet away from the truck. It took the cops about 3 hours to get back there And, about another hour on top of that to get a tow truck back there. Meanwhile, we had shut down NW Indiana's shipping on that line. Surprisingly, we didn't get a ticket or anything. So, the moral of the story is.... Don't drive your car around that gate. It's there for a reason.

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