If you have ever been to or lived in Colorado Springs you've probably heard the story about the haunted Gold Camp Road tunnels, there are a total of three tunnels up there.
Summed up, the story says that several years back an elementary school bus carrying kids for a field trip was going through the third tunnel when the tunnel collapsed, killing everyone on the bus. There is no information on this actually happening, only that there is still metal from something trapped in the tunnel that is now closed off from the public. It is unknown if this actually happened or if it was just a hoax that got out of hand.
The myth is that if you drive to the second tunnel, turn off your lights and put your car in neutral and wait a minute, you will see a dark figure at one of the entrances to the tunnel and you will start to feel your car get pushed out of the tunnel up the hill, depending on which way you come from and when you get home later you will see tiny hand prints in the dirt of your car.
I have always believed that we were never alone on this earth but always believed that we were among angels and demons and I did not believe that people could come back as ghosts or anything like that. However, I have had one experience at this tunnel and my sister had another, as well as others at my apartment, that has started to changed my mind about ghosts.
The first incidence happened 4 years ago when I had moved out here. I went up Gold Camp with a guy I was seeing and he had taken me to the tunnel and stopped in the middle and shut his lights off. At first, I didn't know what he was doing because I didn't know about this story at the time. After about five to ten minutes it got really cold and I thought I saw an animal run by the entrance, then the car started rolling, we were facing downhill so I just assumed we were rolling from gravity. After we left he told me about the story, there were no hand prints or anything so I just brushed it off and assumed he was messing with me.
Fast forward two years, my sister had moved out here a year after I did and I never thought to tell her about the tunnel story because I didn't believe it was true at the time. I was working night shift at my job one night and I guess my sister, who was staying with me at the time, had gone out to the mountains with her friends.
My sister had an upgraded Chevy Tahoe at the time which was pretty tall with aftermarket tires and such. The next morning when I came home and was walking in, I noticed she had tiny little handprints on her back hatch above the window and it also looked like someone had rubbed their hands along the sides of the Tahoe.
I went inside and asked her about the baby handprints and she started freaking out and ran outside. When she came back she told me about how they went up there and her friend told her the story so they tried it. They were going uphill when her Tahoe started rolling but didn't really think much into it until she seen the handprints.
Thankfully these were very minimal experiences compared to a few other stories I've heard. I'm still weird about going up there after dark because I later found out that these tunnels are actually huge witchcraft grounds. There have been sacrifices, murders, rapes and a lot of dark stuff happen here. Almost everyone who has been up these tunnels have witnessed something strange or felt dark energy in or around these tunnels.
If anyone has been here or experienced something I would love to hear your stories.
There is a similar/identical story (with palm prints if children) from San Antonio too. As others have pointed out, the story at least from TX has been debunked (see link below for more). Further, the article mentions the accident with bus load of children had occurred in Utah. The (second) snopes link explains the optical illusion responsible behind this 'legend'. Thought you might find it interesting. Thanks for sharing.