The San Antonio-Express posted this true story of an encounter of an alleged apparition believed to be one of the children who were on the fateful bus which was broad sided by a train on the way home in rural section of San Antonio TX. (Thanks for sending this Brenda!)
By Darvin A. Burnett
What happened on the night of Feb. 13, 1981 still haunts me. It was late at night and I was on my way home from work. As I was driving along, I noticed a young girl who couldn't have been any older than 15 at the edge of Old Mission Road. It was cold, and Id always thought the area was kind of spooky, so I asked her if she needed a ride home. She said yes. She told me her name was Cindy Sue and that she lived off Villamain Road. I wondered what a girl her age was doing out so late. She was quiet to the point of giving me creeps. She said nothing as we drove along, but I could see through the corner of my eye she was looking at me.
We approached some old railroad tracks. As we went across, Cindy Sue started squirming in her seat. I asked her what was wrong. She said "nothing." As we arrived at her house, she remained in the car. I quickly assumed she was having problems at home, so I told her I would talk to her parents. I rang the doorbell and an elderly man and woman answered the door. I expected her parents to be much younger. They both looked at me as if I was crazy when I said Cindy Sue was in my car. The elderly man became upset and told me to get off his property or he would call the police. As I walked back to the car, he yelled, "Quit doing this to us. Let Cindy Sue rest in peace."
When I got back to the car, Cindy Sue was gone. I never heard the car door open or shut. She just vanished. I remember that when she got in the car, she locked the door and fastened her seat belt. To my disbelief, the door was still locked and the set belt still fastened. Then I remembered why I'd thought the area was unsettling. Several years before, a bus accident in the area had killed several children. As a memorial to the children, the street names in the neighborhood had been changed to those of the students who had died in the bus accident: Richey Otis, Bobbie Allen, Shane, Emilio, Guerra and others.
As I drove out of the neighborhood, I noticed the name of the street right before the old railroad tracks: Cindy Sue