There have been lots of instances where amateur ghost hunters have gotten themselves into trouble, gotten shot at, or even gotten injured or killed, mainly because they were trespassing and being a bit reckless. When I first saw this story, I thought that’s what had happened again. But it tuns out the story is a bit misleading, and ghost hunting, this time, was not the cause of the tragedy.
A search for the supernatural sends ten people to the hospital and leaves one dead this week. According to the West Virginia Gazette, a pickup truck loaded with eleven people crashed on Wednesday killing a 17-year-old girl.
Early Wednesday morning, 18-year-old Issac Murphy packed ten of his friends into a Ford F-150 pickup truck to go on a ghost hunting adventure to find haunted chimneys in Clay County, West Virginia. While en-route to one of the alleged haunted locations, Murphy lost control of the vehicle, swerved and struck a guardrail sending the truck plummeting down into a stream bed.
Six people were crammed into the cab and five of them were riding in the bed of the truck when it crashed. The only female passenger was 17-year-old Kara Conley who was pinned between the pickup and bank of the creek. She died about an hour after the accident.
Nearby resident and Army Veteran Jeremy Mullins witnessed the crash and called 911 immediately then went to help. Mullins pulled the injured teens from the vehicle and onto his porch and treated their wounds until paramedics arrived.
Police officers found marijuana at the scene and also said that alcohol may have played a role in the deadly crash. Authorities are still waiting for a toxicology report to determine if any of the occupants were intoxicated. So far no charges have been filed against the driver.
Hmmm…marijuana, alcohol, and ghost hunting. Yeah, let’s run with the ghost hunting angle! Unfortunately, teenagers are teenagers, and they sometimes do not make the most responsible of decisions. The truth is, no matter where they were going, there probably would have been pot, alcohol, and too many of them piled into a car. A tragic event, and one that doesn’t need to be blamed on ghost hunting.