For Halloween, let’s look at a local “legend”. We’ll visit the Morpheus Bridge on the aptly named Morpheus Bridge Road in Wendell, North Carolina.
The story goes that a mother, father, and child — alledgedly a daughter — were driving along the rural road and crashed into the side of Morpheus Bridge. They were ejected from the car and fell into the murky water. Depending on the telling of the story, either all three died or the father lived.
Over the past decades since the 1940s-dated accident, people who park their cars on the bridge on Halloween night may experience a haunting event. The car may shut off on its own, or you can turn it off, and then the woman’s ghost may appear, searching for her child.
A variation of this local story has the daughter appearing, in search of her missing parents, and frightening local travelers.
Searching decades of news articles for accidents along Morpheus Bridge Road, only one Associated Press article was found, which referred to a woman killed in 1972 on a “rural paved road two miles south of Wendell”. Unless the old town newspaper archives hold details on the legendary family accident, the Morpheus Bridge Road ghost’s name and origin may remain a local mystery.