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Maud Hughes Road

Westchester, Ohio

It is said that many years ago, a young couple was driving across the bridge. Amid a heated argument, the girl became so angry that she opened the door and jumped out of the car. Falling to her death, it is said that she let out a primal scream. Allegedly, if one drives across the bridge, the girl may still be heard screaming.

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nicole says:

November 11, 2005, 12:04 pm

I allready heard that same story in colorado but it was a baby why do you have to copy people?

Julia says:

November 24, 2005, 5:08 pm

Uhh…wouldn’t she kind of see the edge of the bridge there BEFORE she jumped out of the car? It does vaguely interst me though. Too bad this is in Ohio.

Max says:

January 9, 2006, 11:19 am

Why do the always scream! I mean (or is it meen) you do not have the time to scream whern you jump out from a moving car. It is just hop ans splat!

Max says:

January 9, 2006, 11:20 am

(Sorry my lousy cramma or what ever it is. I can not write the words correctly. My appoligez or something like that..)

johnny says:

February 4, 2006, 2:55 pm

OMG THIS IS SO TRUE, SHE WAS YELLING AND I WAS SO SCARED, I”M NEVER GOIN BACK THERE!!!!! I’M SO TRAMATIZED

Christina and mom says:

March 26, 2006, 3:51 pm

I would be freaking out. It would be so wierd to hear that sound.

derrick says:

May 13, 2006, 10:39 pm

where in west chester is this?

Jaci says:

June 10, 2006, 6:20 am

I grew up in this area, the part of the road where this occurs is north on Maud Hughes off of Princeton Road, in Liberty Township. The bridge is called Screaming Bridge, located over train tracks. Supposedly if you stop on the bridge & turn off your vehicle she will appear & you can hear her screaming. We always got too freaked out to wait around for her, so we always left early, sometimes we were screaming ourselves in fear of her anticipated appearance. The story has been around a VERY LONG TIME, not copied from another state that I know of.

Jack says:

August 16, 2006, 2:39 pm

Ok, I want to start off by saying that I am the world’s largest skeptic…or at least I used to be! In October 1994, my wife and I, along with a couple of our friends decided that it would be fun to explore some of the “local haunts”. Not being a native to the area, I had never heard anything about the Maud Hughes Bridge. After hearing all of the stories about the screams and sightings, we decided that we had to go explore it for ourselves. It was about 10pm on a Friday night, when we finally came upon the bridge. I didn’t feel comfortable parking the car and shutting the lights off on the bridge because of the blind curves that are on both sides. So, we parked our car at the bottom of the hill and walked up to the bridge. We were all a little nervous because of the No Trespassing signs posted all over the place, but neverless, we pursued on. I must admit that we never heard any screams on the bridge, nor did we see any apparitions. So, we decided to walk down underneath the bridge, on the tracks and see what we could find. As we were walking down the north side of the bridge, we were startled by a car getting ready to cross over the bridge. Being that we were clearly “trespassing”, we all decided to take cover and hunker down in the underbrush and wait until the car passed. The car finally made its way over the bridge, and we continued on toward the railroad tracks. Nathan, one of our friends, started through the thick underbrush first. I followed behind him, and my wife and other friend were close behind me. At this point, we had to stop because of the briars and we were looking around for another way down to the tracks. All of a sudden out of nowhere, I was hit! I don’t mean punched, but hit in the back with a force strong enough to lift me off my feet and throw me through the air into the area of my friends. The blow was so fierce that it literally knocked me out of my shoes! At first, I was not scared, but pissed off because I thought someone had tackled me from behind. But, when I landed in the middle of my friends and flashlights scanned the area, there was no one else there! Needless to say, I was terrified, and so was my colleagues. We ran back to the car, and drove back to Cin-Day Rd. in silence. We stopped at a Speedway to get a pack of cigarettes, and when I stepped out of the car, my wife panicked! There on the back of my black leather jacket were two HUGE hand prints in the center of my back.

Now, Im not asking anyone to believe this. I would have never believed it, had I not been the one to experience it. However, I do have audio footage of everything that happened that night, and if anyone would like to hear it, please send me an email at: jack_p@teameps.com

Dean says:

August 26, 2006, 1:36 pm

This is true, I live only a mile away, and my experience was that when I stopped the car to wait, we all heard a scream, and I couldn’t get my car to start. After I waited another minute or two it started. I’m a mechanic, and I know my battery was charged and the starter didn’t have any problems with sticking. Very scary! To comment on Jacks entry about the two hand prints on his back, maybe it was the girl falling from above? creepy!

alyssa says:

September 14, 2006, 5:05 pm

i so heard about this one

Ellie says:

September 15, 2006, 8:00 pm

that is so scary i know this because i live 2 miles from there and when i drive over the bridge i always here her. she is also really pretty because i have seen her ghost. a lot of people say she is ugly but i bet they have never seen her. if you would be kind enough to let me give you advice here it is. DO NOT LOOK HER STRAIGHT IN THE EYES!!!!!!! WEL G2G LOVED THE STORY

Eddie says:

September 21, 2006, 3:43 pm

well now ellie….
thats hard to believe.

katie says:

September 24, 2006, 6:45 pm

OMG!! i really want to try this it sounds like alot of funn!!

Angela says:

September 26, 2006, 9:19 pm

This is an old story. My Mom is 58 yrs. old and she went there in high school. I haven’t been there yet but, I am gonna go one night. My Mom said her and some friends went there and they heard the scream and saw a figure wearing a white dress walking on the train tracks, back then they were all too scared to stay and see what else happens. So they went home. But, she says looking back she wishes she would of stayed. Maybe she will go with me sometime to check it out.

Michelle says:

September 28, 2006, 12:19 pm

I am from Parma and I remember hearing about this back when I was in grade school. I forgot all about that until now. I think I will go check it out one of these saturdays. It is Halloween time. Thanks,

Danny says:

September 29, 2006, 11:14 am

Been there, done that. Wish I had a “T” shirt. In 1967 (senior year) we used it as a make out place. I heard many screams, grunts and young girls moaning stuff like “Oh God” and “Yes,yes, yes!”
Did have the light come to the car one night but it must have been a friendly ghost or maybe she wanted to watch and couldn’t see what was going on in the back seat because the windows were fogged up. Someday I’m going back and see if I can still hear those screams.

Deanna says:

October 2, 2006, 4:20 am

I grew up near this road and all the guys used to take us there on dates to scare us. It is a true story but a train hit the car and killed the boy after she jumped and you can hear the trin coming if you stip on the tracks. So this story is true. It is a pretty wild ride.

jessica says:

October 12, 2006, 2:07 pm

The story i head was that a bus full of school kids were driving across the bridge while it was icy and they slide off while a train was going through the tunnle, and when you go there at night you can here the kids screaming(thats why they call it screaming bridge!) i live close by and guys would infact take girls there to scare them! lol i’ve been there myself and you can here them screaming!!!

Panda says:

October 30, 2006, 10:46 pm

I was raised in w.Chester. This bridge was referred as “the screaming bridge” in the 90’s. The story that I recall was something like this, a young couple were driving across the bridge, when the car stopped for no reason. The boy was driving, and he couldn’t get the car started again. He told the girl to lock the doors he was going to get help. She did as he asked, then she heard a tapping sound on the window, she got out to find her boyfriend, was hanging from a tree, (it was his class ring tapping the window) she started to scream!! I think she then was killed as well, I really can’t recall the rest of the story. I think the best time to see or hear anything is somewhere between 10p and 12am. I know many friends who have had different experiences. Remember if you visit you must be willing to wait, there is an certain time in which these events take place.

icumeow says:

October 31, 2006, 1:16 pm

Back in the late 80’s early 90’s my husband and some friends of ours and myself decided to check out the screaming bridge.My husband and myself decided once we got there to stay in the car because of all the no trespass signs, but our friends went for it.Sitting in the car we could hear them say they were going down over the hill towards the tracks.All at once my husband and I saw head lights coming from a distancts,he got out of the car and ran towards our friends voices to let them know we saw head lights.They ran back to the car ,by then the head lights were very close…my best friend went to start her car,it wouldn’t start!!!!! A brand new car!!! The head lights belonged to a police car.He stopped to see what we were doing.We told him we were having car problems(at that moment we weren’t lieing).He told us we must have p^&*@d someone off, to give it a few minuets and try to start the car again!!! Then we all knew why the car wouldn’t start.Once the car started he followed us out to a main road….I’ll never go back!!!!!

seth says:

November 11, 2006, 5:15 pm

wow thats crazy im only 11 and ive had a lot of theese encounters i love ghost but ive never been there cant wait till i get older im am so goin

lazer says:

November 20, 2006, 7:24 am

when your dead you have no body nothing to scream with. The bridge has a “natural howl” due to the car / truck tires going over the specific road construction.

Ethan says:

November 28, 2006, 1:32 pm

Hey I live about 20 min. away from the bridge. My great uncle told me this story when I was about 10. Im now 16.

A couple was driving along the road arguing. As they pulled up to the bridge a car was allready stopped on it and the man got out to ask them if they needed help. It was a gang. The gang murdered the man and the went for the girl. They took the girl and wrapped a nuse around her neck and threw her ove the bridge as a rain passed. So before the roped reached the end the train hit her. I have neve heard it called “The Screaming Bridge” bef ore I was allways told “Bloody Bridge”.

I am also filming a documentary on it for a school project. If anyone has extra Information for me or any advise I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!

Maggie says:

November 30, 2006, 5:29 pm

Hey Lazer-

Yes, spirits do have the ability to make noise, it happens all the time! You shouldn’t be so skeptical of something that is way beyond your comprehension. To all of the other non-believers out there, do you really believe that this life is it? Come on now, that would be a little disapointing, don’t you think?

Maggie

angie lowe says:

February 1, 2007, 11:38 am

hey im lookin up haunted places in ohio for me and my friend to travel to we have had many experiences in this and would if someone who knows of other place please email me at angiekttn513@aol.com weare going to this bridge soon to see if we can have that same experience others have thanx alot angie cincinnati ohio

Katie says:

February 18, 2007, 3:40 pm

who would be stupid enough to jump out of a moving car!!!!!!!

*.:tOtAlLy bRoOkE:.* says:

February 19, 2007, 2:12 pm

I agree with Katie, why did she jump out of a moving car, this lady must be a real retard!!!

*.:tOtAlLy bRoOkE:.* says:

February 19, 2007, 2:13 pm

****

unknown says:

April 2, 2007, 3:32 pm

kool…………………………….. but scary

kyle says:

July 4, 2007, 9:50 am

this stuff is real. i used to live off of carson and yankee rd. some friends of mine and i went out to check for some 4-wheeling places for my buddies ATV on maud hughes rd. there were a bunch of trees torn down due to a new subdivision being built. me and my buddy scott were walkin around lookin for places, while my other 3 buddies went muddin in his blazer, (which is now built over new houses) they came back and said they were having so much fun, so i hopped in and went with them. unfortunatly we were goin a little too fast and hydroplained and flipped the blazer. after we all got out and saw that we were fine, we go in my buddy scotts truck and he went to take us home. while going home, he asked if we wanted to stop at the bridge, (since we were already filled with adrenaline after flipping a blazer doin 70 MPH) we did the whole light thing and shut the car off. just the sound of cricketts in the background. then we heard brush rustling, thinkin it was a deer or raccoon, then something hit the front of the truck, it made it move about 4 inches from where the tires were, we were like WTF!!!!!! then the screams came. the truck wouldnt start for a few minutes…i mean, the truck wasnt even a year old! then it finally started and we headed home. (then had to get ahold of the liberty Township Sheriff for the blazer insodent) just a weird night.

lexy says:

July 21, 2007, 12:48 pm

i heard of this one and i went there and i never heard anything and about what nicole said i heard of that one in colorado too about the baby. But me and my friend macy and my boyfriend jake and her boyfriend devon went there and never heard a scream but we did hear yelling and a door open!so scary!

Zach says:

August 7, 2007, 3:47 am

The bridges referring to babies people keep speaking of are known as Cry Baby Bridge stories. These stories are numerous in their amount and contain the key points of every fabricated story. There are 19 reputed accounts in Ohio alone.
How many unwanted babies and mistresses decided to jump off of bridges in Victorian times(1800’s)? Any baby story regarding a bridge I myself ignore.

Screaming bridges are another similar story that is talked about in paranormal investigative circles across the world.

Supernatural car troubles are also a frequent of all of these stories and hand print representations on person or car windows are also quite frequent.

I’m sorry, but don’t get me going about the boyfriend leaving the car to find him hanging with appendages bumping the car then the girl being murdered. This is a lovers lane tale that has been told about escaped murderers from prisons with hooks for hands and all sorts of other strange killers.

I’m not denying anyones claims and I’m not denying the validity of this story. I think though the many “telephone” style morphed versions about this though show that there isn’t much support to it historically. Historical research is imperative in paranormal investigation. You have to know if there are death reports, police reports, news paper articles, or first person accounts before putting the whole story together.

I have not been there myself but live not far from there.
I have been to most every place south of Columbus, Ohio and north of Lexington, Kentucky with a few visits to Cleveland. I have experienced things myself.
I plan to visit this place and spend many hours if possible there to figure out just what is there.

Matt&Dave says:

August 31, 2007, 5:21 pm

hey me and my friend live about 1 mile away we hav heard the legends and visited it during the day about 10 times. We noticed a wierd presence their before we new about the legends and once we heard we were FREAKED out. we plan to go on October 24 2009 at night exactly 100 years from the first incident (boiler blew up and killed two engineers)

we plan on brinign a video camera to try to catch some footage of the myths

WISH US GOODLUCK PLEASE

Ethan says:

September 6, 2007, 3:03 pm

I personally think that all of this ghost story stuff is ridiculous but I want to investigate some claims for myself and some of my believing friends just to show that everything we experience in our lives is completely natural and has a logical explanation. Read a couple of books on evolutionary psychology and you can gain a slight understanding, or should I say idea, as to why people believe in things that when tested experimentally(read: objectively) don’t stand up to what people think and sometimes “know” what they saw(read:subjectively). Powers of persuasion is also at work in instances like this. Vague example: E: “John, did you hear that?” J: “No Eric I didn’t, what do you mean? What do you hear?” E: “It sounds like someone yelling or maybe screaming in the distance….can you hear it now?” J: “Yeah, you’re right. That is someone screaming!” That is how evp and and pictures of “ghosts” work. We convince each other more than anything. And to the comment posted by Maggie a LONG time ago. What if this life is all there is? I’m not claiming to have knowledge that it is but how can you prove that theres something more? And I dont think that us being disappointed by only having one life changes the fact or even gives support to the argument for an afterlife. It actually just sounds pretty self centered to think that of all the species that have ever existed that we have this “right” to not be disappointed by having only a physical life. Just because our brains evolved to the point that we have been able to ponder these questions and think about death doesnt mean that an afterlife all of a sudden comes into existence. Ridiculous. Cherish this life as if its the only one you’re going to have because it probably will be.

Terri says:

September 9, 2007, 11:35 am

We drove out to this bridge last night… It is a one lane bridge. How do you stop in the middle of this when either side of the road is TWO LANES??? we did stop on it for a minute…not long because there was alot of traffic. it sounded like someone was walking up from underneath the bridge…you could hear what sounded like a twig break??? Could it have been an animal?

We want to go and find a good place to park and get out and walk around. Anyone have any ideas? I know it was after 10 when we went out there but I did not see any train tracks either?? We also heard a train, it sounded like it was on the right side of the road behind some houses. (We turned on Maud Hughs off of Princeton Rd)

Amy says:

September 10, 2007, 12:12 pm

I am intrigued by ghost stories and myself and a group of friends went to the “screaming bridge” about 20 yrs. ago in high school. Everyone was amped and ready for a ghostly experience. We got out of our cars and walked over the brigde and under and heard nothing until…..there was a very loud screech, or yell. We about wet ourselves! Much to our dismay it was only an owl. So….if you have never heard an owl screech you just might misinterpret this for a scream. BTW, the rumor back then was that there was some sort of demonic cult called the “Children of the Night” that had meetings under the bridge.

OHIO says:

October 23, 2007, 2:26 pm

Old story, but no one jumped….car stalled on the tracks. been there myself wayyyyyy back in ’79 – grew up in mason and i’m 43 now. Very old legend.

Mc Nugget says:

October 26, 2007, 12:49 pm

Its true i bout had a heart attack

Irma says:

October 28, 2007, 4:27 pm

I ran across this site about Maud-Hughes Road because I was actually looking for anything at all about the Mason Light phenomenon. Anyone ever heard of that one? It’s out in the same area, between Hamilton and Mason, near Maud-Hughes. And, by the way, the stories about the ghost train are true. I saw it myself, more than 30 years ago. I used to live in Hamilton years ago, but have been away a long time. I was just thinking about the Mason Light and went searching. Found nothing. The Mason light was incredible and way too scary. The last time we tried to go out there (more than 30 yrs. ago) a bulldozer had scooped up the pavement where you turned onto the road off Rte. 4 and there were barricades so you couldn’t drive around. Thought that was very strange.

Greg P says:

November 3, 2007, 10:39 pm

I have visited this bridge about 50 times. The only thing that is close to truth, is the bridge is very close to the train. Not much clearance. You can sit on the bridge, and the train looks like it’s going to hit the bridge when it passes. From what I remember, the train seemed to pass just before midnight. We typically sat on top of the bridge, and drank ourselves to a drunken stuper. We also used to light up fire-crackers. The funnest, was dropping glass beer bottles over the bridge onto the tracks. As the glass bottles shattered, they would release a glow (kinetic energy). The funnest we ever did…. my buddy was taking a leak near the edge of the woods by the bridge, he stumbled across a scare crow. We cut it down, and place it on top the bridge. We waited under the bridge to see what would happen when others came. A couple of cars came. I remember a Trans-Am with 2 girls in it, come across the scare crow. They stopped on the bridge, and literally freaked out. They were screaming as they were squealing the tires to get away. They backed up, and left. Another truck came just after. The truck stopped, all of sudden the driver started laughing, stomped the gas, and drove over the scarecrow. He kind of gave it a “yee-haw” as he drove over the thing. Finally, “Johnny Law” showed up. There we were, under the bridge, cop on top, literally we were 10 feet from his car. The cop shined his spot light on the scare crow figure. He then backed up, and left the seen. We quickly gathered up the scare crow, threw it into the trunk for another fiasco the following weekend. On our way out, we passed an ambulance heading in that direction. For whom the ambulance was heading too is not known, but we like to think it was all part of our gag. NOTE, I never saw a darn thing in my 10 year reign going to this place. Both on top the bridge, or below the bridge. However, I met a few other groups partying there, just hanging out. It was kind of a hang out. Lastly, we finally met our demise. Years after torturing those that lived around these parts. We were doing our typical drinking, busting bottles, and lighting off fire works. We were confronted by a near-by resident. Ole’ Mr Russel McClure…. We tried to out run him, my buddy made off in his Mustang 5.0. Me, I was saving gas driving my Dad’s VW Rabbit. Well we couldn’t out run Russell’s truck, he finally got the best of us, and ran us off the road. A little scuffle ensued, and the police came to the scene. That night, Russell was a mad man, the scariest thing I ever saw at Screaming Bridge. You could tell, he was at his wits end, to punks like us hanging out on this bridge making his life heck for years. Well Russell took my buddy and I to court. After lawyer fees, we got 40 hours of community service for our actions. I only went back a couple of times after that to show others this place. However, the bridge used to be much scarier, it was all painted up in graffiti at one time. Kind of set the mood/scene. Since, the good neighbor police renovated the area to clean it up, and removed the graffiti. It was much less appealing after the clean up. This bridge is a staple of fun, and good teenage frolic. Everyone should pay their right of passage to visit this place…. Have fun, GP

Jenny says:

December 17, 2007, 8:44 am

I lived in Hamilton all my teenage years, My friends and I went to the bridge often, We heard the stories also. But in the many years we went never heard or seen anything. I know this imagination takes you pretty far, and also everything else we did. Between the alcohol and whatever we could get our hands on we tried the experience maybe we was just to happy. But some have heard and some have seen. In that i guess its what you beleive.

KEG says:

December 28, 2007, 3:51 pm

I grew up about 2 miles (away graduated in ’96). The ‘scream’ is the tires going over the bridge…the road has ridges. Been there, done that. As for the guy who was pushed in the bushes…don’t forget that area is near gregory creek which was once used by Native Americans…follow it up past the trailor park and you’ll come to where they uncovered some burial mounds in the 1990’s.

D. says:

January 21, 2008, 8:17 pm

This used to be a fun one to go to about 10 years ago but thanks to the many new keep up with the jonses subdivisions it just is’nt the same when the whole ride out there is lit up with porch lights and entrances to new neighborhoods. The ride out there used to be half the fun.

sasha says:

January 27, 2008, 3:20 pm

omg that is so scary i feel bad for that girl who jumped off the bridge

patrick says:

February 6, 2008, 2:02 pm

I HAVEN’T BEEN THERE BUT I HAVE BEEN TO OTHER PLACES LIKE THE POWDER FACTORY IN MASON,OHIO & ”AMY” ON LICK ROAD IN FAIRFIELD OHIO.IF ANYONE GOES TO THESE PLACES PLEASE BE CAREFUL TRUST ME I KNOW FROM FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE.

patrick says:

February 6, 2008, 2:04 pm

IF YOULIKE HAUNTED PLACES TRY THE POWDER FACTORYIN MASON OHIO & ”AMY” ON LICK ROAD IN FAIRFIELD OHIO. IF YOU GO PLEASE BE CAREFUL TRUST ME I KNOW FROM FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE.

patrick says:

February 6, 2008, 2:06 pm

please try the powder factory in mason ohio. ALSO THE ”AMY” ON LICK ROAD IN FAIRFIELD OHIO.

patrick says:

February 6, 2008, 2:08 pm

IF ANYONE HAS ANY OTHER PLACES IN OHIO PLEASE EMAIL ME AT SCOOBY2506@YAHOO.COM

rebecca says:

March 6, 2008, 7:03 pm

ok, how can you jump out of a car/truck then fall to your death? just wondering but it is scary.

joanna says:

March 6, 2008, 8:26 pm

WOW…thats so scary where was that???

Matt Z says:

March 29, 2008, 2:37 pm

i LOve the bridge

it has this wierd presence

i have been their many times

and have seen that ghost figure but it was too far away to see anything good

this might not be tru but

i have been on top of the bridge and u can kinda feel a little push towards the edge like someone is nudging u off the bridge

Matt Z says:

March 29, 2008, 2:39 pm

also one more thing

me and my friends were down by the tracks

when out of no where

the train comes

we didnt hear it until it reached that turn

reply

-Matt

tim says:

May 7, 2008, 11:37 am

fucksalt

Chandler says:

May 19, 2008, 4:56 pm

Wow that was not scary.I’m going no doubt!

Ken says:

June 3, 2008, 11:55 am

This sounds really interesting, and not to far from home. I have been looking for somewhere to go for a “ghost hunt” for my graduation project for Junior year. I live in Pittsburgh, PA, but can probably get a ride to Ohio. If anyone has REALLY had a real experience here, please feel free to email me at Kenneth.Lippert@cityhigh.org. Also if anyone knows of a good haunting closer to me, e-mail me as well.

Adam says:

June 23, 2008, 2:48 am

My co-worker and I were on our way to this bridge when we decided to stop at the Speedway instead. There we were looking over the snack cakes, debating on which delicious snacky treat to purchase. When all of a sudden we heard a girl screaming. It was the same girl from the bridge, she was screaming because she lost her speedy rewards card. I guess she had like 8 gallons of free gas on it, and bam! she was screwed. We’ll never go back to that speedway ever again!!!!

aaron says:

June 26, 2008, 4:43 pm

i am only 12 but have had alot of experence with ghosts. just yesterday i had a light on right next to me and it turned of by itself, so i reached over and i felt a cold spot.So i started using a emf detecter that i got for my bday because i love ghost hunting. ond the emf spike was high.so i checked the temperature in that spot and it was 40 degrees and the rest of the room was 60 degrees. So u can tell that any ghost story i can debunk but not this one. look for more of my comments on the other storys on this website.So i say this story is real.

Candie says:

August 27, 2008, 2:33 am

well ive been here, i didnt hear anything or see anything

Kyle says:

September 27, 2008, 1:43 am

After hearing about jack’s experience me and a few buddies from work went to check this place out. They had all been there before, but even though I live around the corner I had not. We did the whole stoping the car and whatnot but after about a minute we heard nothing. Decided to go walking on the tracks below and once again, nothing happened. Not saying it never happens. Just not to us. Although one explaination for the screams could be this: other people like myself under the bridge trying to get spooked. When another car was coming up to the bridge we had decided to let out a scream if they stopped their car. So, the other experiences could just be from jerks like myself

Lucas says:

October 5, 2008, 2:02 am

i live in west chester and have driven on this road many times.
i drove over it tonight with a group of friends, but this time we went slow over the bridge and had the windows down with the radio off. when approaching the bridge, we could clearly hear a train, even though those tracks haven’t been used in about 20 years. once we got over the bridge and were driving away, i heard a sound that could have been a scream, but sounded more like the screeching of a train’s brakes. this follows the version of the story i heard, which is a depressed woman jumped off the bridge in order to be hit by an oncoming train

Sarah says:

October 16, 2008, 4:52 pm

I have heard several versions of this story. So some friends and I went to check it out a few weekends ago. We turned off the car and the head lights and waited just like the story said to do. We waited for about 15 minutes and we all heard what sounded like a train and did see some sort of light under the bridge that appeared to be about as bright as a cheap wal-mart flashlight. We yelled down to tell the person with the flashlight that a train was coming there was no response but the light diappeared. So James and myself went down under the bridge to make sure that the tracks were clear and that there where no thrill seeking teenagers down there doing the same thing we were doing. James turned around and said “what?”. I looked back confused and said “what?”, he said “you just said my name what did you need? did you see something?” I told him I had not said anything and he said he swore he heard me say his name. We then heard a thump and upon looking in the area that we heard the noise we saw a cloud of dirt and dust that had been stirred up. We had no intentions of hanging around to see what caused it so we headed back up to the bridge to join the rest of our friends who were concerned because they had been hearing strange noises like screeching train brakes. James and I agreed that we heard no such noise. Monday afternoon one of my friends was talking to his grandfather who worked for the railroad and he was told that those tracks have not been used for several years. He called me to give me the info he received from his grandfather and I did some checking on my own he was right it has been 18 to 20 years since those tracks have been used. It was not a terrifying experience but was more than a little creepy. I would say it is worth checking out if you have nothing better to do.

Jima says:

October 17, 2008, 11:10 pm

My father back in his day went to the screaming bridge as he grew up in that area. The story I was told was that a car had stalled on the tracks on Tylersville Rd and that the man went to go get help. The car was hit and pushed down to that area. He never told me the whole story, just that he would not go back. As far as the Powder Factory goes, do avoid it. My husband had permission to go in with a local band for a photo shoot. He stated that it made his hair stand up just walking in. Later after the cd was made, I took a look at the photos on it. I looked at the cover of the cd and asked my husband who all was there, he had told me but I thought that he forgot to mention someone as in the photo up on the 3rd floor had a reflection of an old man in the window. Much to our surprise, no one was there that even vaguely resembled that. The place is off limits and very dangerous, do not go there with out the owners permission.

joycerichmond says:

November 24, 2008, 8:10 pm

i have lived on maudhughes rd for 35 years and yes the stories are true my daughter tina and some of her friends used to play there .and one night they all heard the scream and saw something that scare them have to death they ran home and never did go back so it is true

rebekah says:

December 28, 2008, 11:14 am

That is not what happened at all. I live in Hamilton, Ohio so I know all the stories. Many people call that bridge the Screaming Bridge. What happened was one night a couple was driving along that bridge when suddenly the car stopped. The boyfriend went to see if he could find help. A few minutes later,when he returned, he found his girlfriend hanging off the bridge. No one is sure what happened next, but the boyfriend died in the exact same spot that night. They say if you park your car on the bridge you can hear all the events of that night. At first you hear the couple talking, the car stop, more talking, the girls scream, and-if you wait- you hear the guys scream.

Tully says:

December 29, 2008, 5:30 pm

I grew up in Hamilton in the 70’s and this was a story passed on from the 50’s. I went there myself and was very skeptical……then came the blood curdling scream. I was terrified!!

candace says:

April 4, 2009, 4:53 pm

i just visted this place on 4/02/09 and i can say i didnt hear any screams but me and my boyfriend had a very uneasy feel i we was sitting there a smokey fog came up from the road i quickly took a picture of it and then tried to take another one but in the second one the fog was gone we quickly left i will post pictures on myspace look for c@nd@ce r@chelle

ashley says:

April 12, 2009, 6:04 am

Does anyone have proof that the tracks under the bridge haven’t been used in years?

Dave says:

April 13, 2009, 8:30 am

HUH.. Those tracks are one of the busiest lines in Ohio… Every 20 to 30 minutes trains roll by. Both a North and South bound lane. I live a mile west and believe me we hear them. And yes we see them too – and it ain’t a ‘ghost train’…

ashley says:

April 13, 2009, 9:18 am

thanks Dave! I knew I wasn’t crazy, lol.

Sid says:

May 11, 2009, 10:23 am

In the mid 1980’s, my friends and I would sometimes hang out all night at screaming bridge “haunting” any body that would come by. Back then it was very dark with all the surrounding woods. We could walk up on anybody or car and they would never hear us. It was a lot of fun scaring the **** out of people. Having spent a lot of time on, under, and around that bridge, I can say that it is not haunted. Still, it was a fun place to go at night.

christi semones says:

May 16, 2009, 6:51 pm

I moved to west chester,oh 23 years ago.
My Family built a house on one part of maud hughes rd.
I was taken to what is known as “the screaming bridge” in our town at midnight when the scream is to be heard & supposedly see her ghost of her jumping off of the bridge onto a moving train falling to her death.
I was also told of the same story but with the girl sitting on the bridge holding a baby and you are to be able to see & hear the ghost of her and hear the screams of her and the baby crying while falling to their death on the tracks below.
I have been to that bridge a few times at midnight when this is supposedly to happen but have yet to see or hear anything.
Im not sure how this story came from or if it is a true story for that fact

jason says:

August 5, 2009, 10:18 am

I agree with Dave. That is one of the major lines in the area. It’s not quite as busy as a train every 30 minutes, but it is used several times a day..I’ve crossed this bridge many times Only once did I ever stop the car. We turned it off, flashed the lights, and waited a couple minutes My buddy’s girlfriend, in the backseat, freaked out and screamed. We left. Nobody saw or heard anything, but we were only there a couple minutes. 16 years later, and I’m planning to go back. This time, we intend to wait as long as it takes.. Perhaps later, I’ll be able to give an update. I’ve heard there have been 36 deaths on, or near, the screaming bridge. I can say this. I could have been 37. 15 years ago I wrecked my car on the ‘S’ curve about 100 yards past the bridge. My car was completely totaled, but I crawled out without a scratch. A woman that lived across the street saw the wreck on her way home. I was on my way to another house, to call for help, when I noticed her on the road. She was screaming. “It’s happened again. They’re dead! They’re all dead!” When I told her it was my car, and that I was alone, she didn’t believe me. She was frantic. After calming her down, it started to all sink in. I never did find out if what she said was true, but I know that on that night, it really freaked me out…

Jason says:

August 22, 2009, 7:11 pm

Well, some friends and I went to the screaming bridge. First we drove over the bridge, briefly stopping the car. We saw or heard nothing, but another car came from the other direction so we had to go. We parked in the subdavision off Princeton Rd. and walked all the way down Maud Hughes to the bridge. Along the way, we saw a dead snake. The bridge was all quiet. Standing at the edge looking over we could not see, hear, or feel anything. We decided it would be a good idea to climb down under the bridge. The way down is steep and full of loose rocks and moderate overgrowth. Under the bridge is a lot of grafiti. Nothing very fresh. Also a girls bicycle is near the tracks. the other bottom side of the bridge is more of the same. The tracks are dark, but not very spooky. We waited for quite some time. We never saw, heard, or felt anything. Not even a eerie presence. After what seemed like about an hour, we were about to give up. Just then a car full of teenagers stopped on the bridge. In complete darkness down by the tracks we could see them, but knew they couldnt see us. They had all the car windows down, but they were being very quiet. After a few moments I decided it would be a good idea to let out a loud blood curlding scream. I did. The girl in the passenger seat jumped over toward the driver screaming “OH MY GOD!” The people in the backseat just kept yelling “GO GO GO GO GO!” They spead away. Probably the last time they will ever cross that bridge. We had a good laugh and headed down the tracks and back to the car. We were off to see the Hatchet Man of the Wher Cemetery in Trenton. Long story short about that place. Nothing. Happy hunting, and good luck. If anyone knows any truely haunted places that are local, please leave a comment here…

Steph says:

September 23, 2009, 4:25 pm

So last night, 3 of my friends and I decided to go to the screaming bridge (again). I had been there a ton of times and never seen anything remotely paranormal and I was getting pretty frustrated. The last time we went before last night, my friend Joey said he saw a train coming around the bend when my friend Lauren drove off and she refused to go back. So last night I was with Joey, Hana, and Stephen. We drive up to the bridge and Joey parks the car in the middle of the bridge. I’m behind Stephen who’s sitting in the passenger seat and we look on the tracks. Then I saw it. Flickering lights coming around the bend. Joey rolled his windows down and we could hear what sounded like a train on the old tracks. However, there was no horn and the light was moving at an incredibly slow pace. I got sick of staring at it because it was so far out so I look closer on the tracks and then I saw what looked like a woman run across the tracks but she was all white and blurry. So I’m freaking out and I look over to the right and in the grass OFF the tracks is a black hooded figure just standing there. So I’m staring at it and then suddenly it starts running at us! So I scream at Joey to book it out of there and once we were safely away Stephen said “Did you see that too?” so I knew I wasn’t the only one. Needless to say, I TRULY believe The Screaming Bridge is haunted now.

VeraJane says:

October 10, 2009, 2:07 am

2days is my birthday and a few friends and I are going 2 maudhughes rd aka screaming bridge. I am a ver firm believer in ghost aspirations evp and all the ghostly stuff. Im watching Most terrifying places in america now adn it got me thinking. So we are going 2 take a lil road trip when I get off of work and go, Im excited. I have gotten full images of “other ppl” in pictures ive taken. I’m taking a digital camera tape recorder and video camera, if somethings there i wanna witness it! I will definatly be back with an update!!!!

Jason says:

October 12, 2009, 3:08 am

I went, with some friends, to investigate the screaming bridge. Upon completion of our investigation, I was sure there was nothing to the story. However, I am now convinced that there is some sort of energy connected to this place. I do not want to say “evil”, but it would appear that the energy connected to the area is surely less than good. I will return with a much more selective group to further investigate. BTW..the hatchet man is totally bogus. haha…

SUE says:

October 15, 2009, 2:24 pm

I have lived in Liberty Toship for 15 years now and have first learned of the Screaming Bridge from my 15 year old daughter a couple of days ago. I am a believer in spirits and ghosts as I have friends and family tell of accounts of seeing lovedonce shortly after death and other accounts in which houses have spirits within the home. when i first moved inyo my home in Liberty Twp. I experiences several strange occurances in which I determined that a spirit was in my home, once my 2 week old baby was found laying quietly on the floor when she was in her crib! No one else was in the house and could have placed her there. I freaked, cussed out the spirit and told it to leave my home. I have not experienced any paranormarmal experiences since.If you open your eyes and get rid of the skeptisism you will see the paranormalif it is around you. You must be open to it. My husband, a non believer, my daughter and I went to the bridge last night around 10 pm. It was a little eerie as we were able to stop on the bridge, I was in a van and was able to look down onto the railroad tracks, my husband was shouting out silly words, like coe get us, as i peered down into the gully I could see a fog or some sort of lightour car lights were off, but this could possible be the moonlight on rocks. I defiinetly plan to return, without my husband, I cannot discount so many experiences from others. I have a strong feeling about this place.

Kimberly says:

October 26, 2009, 2:42 pm

I’m not sure where this story came from but I’m from Cincinnati and the story around here is remembered: There is a railroad trestle were according to legend, a car stalled out on the tracks, and the man of the car left to go get help why his girlfriend stayed in the car. Upon returned he found his girlfriend hanging from the bridge above the tracks, and then he perished. At night, if you stop your car on the bridge, you hear the whole conversation take place, then hear the lady scream, and then the gentleman return only to be killed screaming. I’ve never heard that she jumped???

Dan says:

October 27, 2009, 9:53 pm

My wife and I were there last night! Check-out our video!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ka4Thp3Wto

James says:

November 5, 2009, 9:25 pm

I live right down the street from the bridge and drive across it atleast once every two weeks or so. I have never heard the scream of course but i have heard about it being haunted ever since i was very young.

Scott says:

March 29, 2010, 12:30 pm

Poof, your comment generalizing an entire state as “nasty, violent, and ignorant” is out of line. What did start in the lunchroom between two groups of people in Feb of 1985 was going to be continued at that location only because everyone knew where it was. One of the two groups didn’t show up, but another party including the shooter did. As soon as the latter group showed the firearms, the former group left (in a car, not a pickup) and was pursued by the others (in a truck). But please, show me one state, one country that you think is not “nasty, violent, and ignorant” and I’ll find you an incident just as bad as this one. It’s a messed up world altogether. But all in all, Ohio isn’t the worst of the places to be.

Anonymous says:

August 13, 2010, 9:03 am

I use to live not far from here, and EVERY Halloween, my mother and friends and myself would drive down this road. Not one did we hear anything. It would be pretty awesome if the rumors were true, but every time I go that way really late at night I’m yet again disappointed.

DonaldWhite says:

October 20, 2010, 10:04 am

On saturday October 16, and there was noting that happend but i belive. Also we were going to buy a ojuea bord to communicat with the spirits.

Ted says:

October 24, 2010, 4:06 am

ok my two friends had heard of this road and took me and my friends to this bridge. They told us that there were rumors of a ghost train or some ****. i believe that there is a logical reason for everything… first we see a faint light in the distance so i tell my friend to turn around and kill a couple seconds. we turn around in the nearest driveway we found. not being gone 20 seconds we return to the bridge and the is already past under us. the weird part was that every single cart on this train was the exact same as the next. But the freakiest part was when me and my friend noticed a figure off in the distance. we get out and wait for our friends to turn around yet again and find out that this… creature… is actually moving toward the bridge. I really couldn’t figure out what it was and it moved too slow so we didn’t want to wait for an hour to see this thing. but one thing was fer sure. it was bit and moved weird…. come to find out that everything we saw has been reported before… our minds were blown to say the least

ted says:

November 6, 2010, 11:40 pm

i herd there was a bad train crashe here too…. it close to when the tracks where opend…you can see the gostley train light comeing from the track it crash on and about where it did too but never see the train i dont know know if this is true because im 15 still and cant drive yet lol \and havent got to test it out yet

Nicole says:

March 13, 2011, 4:58 pm

Okay, so my friend Lauren and I went there last night around 10:30pm it took us a long time to actually stop and turn the car off because there was a lot of traffic, but when we did, we heard tapping on the back of her car, and like talking from under the bridge, we didn’t hear screaming though.. But there was a car coming so we started the car and left, as we were driving home I looked at the windsheild and on it was like half of an H like someone tried to spell out the word help.. But couldn’t finish the word because we drove away. Too creepy!!

Casey says:

August 19, 2011, 5:56 pm

I live a couple of miles from Maud Hughes and have driven across both bridges (there’s two, one is a one lane bridge while the other has two) at night time and never have I heard or seen this so called ghost. My friend who lives off of Maud Hughes hadn’t even heard of the myth until she saw it in the book “Weird Ohio.”

Basically, the story is totally made up.

Patsy says:

January 22, 2012, 7:19 pm

I grew up on this road, Screaming Bridge is a very well known haunt, but they got the story wrong. The ghost is a woman looking for a lost cow walking along the railroad tracks with her lantern. She was killed by a train around the hour of midnight, and it is said, you can see her ghostly light walking along the tracks and hear her scream. That bridge is not high enough to kill anyone who jumped off of it — at worst you’d break a leg, lol. There are several stories about the bridge, but this one is the oldest that I know. The area was much more spooky back in the 70’s and 80’s when it was a little windy road barely big enough for one car – now days houses have been built along it and it has been somewhat cleared out.

Michael says:

February 10, 2012, 10:14 pm

I’ve been to this bridge twice in the mid 1980’s. I heard a girl’s scream both times.

Cindie Lyall says:

January 1, 2013, 6:28 pm

Several years ago my Daughter and her friend were driving on Maud Hughes Rd. They were being followed by their friends in another car. As she approached the bridge, she lost control of her car and rolled down the embankment. She remained conscious and alert throughout the wreck. When she was extracted from her car, she saw where she was. She was now past the bridge, instead of being before it as was substantiated by the friends who were following them. Needless to say, she refuses to return to the area. Before she wrecked, she had a creepy feeling of doom. Her friends were at the top of the embankment waiting and they stated they could hear a hushed conversation, but could not find the source…They were all creeped out by the days events. They did not find out about the legend until a few years later.

gavinbaker says:

January 3, 2013, 4:23 pm

oh my god who is that stupid to jump out of a car off a high bridge just because they are mad she must’ve been retarded…….ill try to ghost hunt it but better be a real story,ghost hunters dont hunt unless the story is real, if ur a hot 11 year old girl in ohio i’ll try to ghost hunt it if u want me to if ur scared to go I would be scared too please leave a comment but type gavin baker by the comment so i know who its to.lol p.s. if u like boys who fight and ur 11 years old and a hot girl text me a picture of u if u have cell phone my phone number is 614-500-2718 do not call that phone just send a picture of u

anthony says:

July 27, 2013, 2:13 pm

my brother rodney brazzell was killed in a wrecker accident in 1970 not far from the rail road tracks,he was thrown from the wrecker and was found with a chain around his neck.Also while i lived behind the tracks for a year a woman was murdered and put in gregory creek which is near the tracks. 3 years later my father harold was murdered behind his humble oil station on tylersville rd not far from the railroad.I left as a young boy and came south never to return,Im 49 now.

Haunted House REAL FACT FINDER says:

December 20, 2013, 12:30 pm

OH Plezzzzse.. I have spent many night time hours at this so called SCREAMING BRIDGE. HAVE NOT HEARD A thing. Abot the only thing I ever heard was distance sounds, it’s stupid to even think this areea is haunted.. I’ve been to so many REAL HAUNTED places,, This one is scratched off my list as NOT TRUE !. You who go there with the OH I KNOW I will get Scared already in your mind . Heck I’ve been scared more by going to the Land Of Illusion then this place..

Rossamund says:

April 30, 2015, 9:52 am

As an Ohio native, i can tell you that the bridge was the one-lane bridge on Maud-Hughes road over the creek, NOT the one over the train-tracks. though, as of 2014, the one-lane bridge is no longer there.
I used to cross that bridge everyday to get to school and my riding lessons.

noname says:

May 16, 2015, 11:08 pm

Okay so i’ve read most of the responses and i also say this story is true vecause a year ago i was with my freind in his backyard and heard a scream went to check it out and i felt a push and got sent into my freind and he though i fell into him. I know i’m never going there.

Erica says:

June 27, 2017, 10:03 pm

I live close to the bridge and will be going this week. Will let you know if anything happens.

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