In 2016, Highway 99 a 400-mile highway that runs through Sacramento, Stockton, Modesto and other valley cities was found to be the deadliest highway in a five year span.
It's not surprising that such a highway with so many deaths would not have some type of ghost story attached to it.
Route 99 is a lonely and scary road, especially if you’re traveling on your own. Further adding to its eeriness is the wild hitchhiking ghost haunting it.
While driving between Chico and Fresno for work, a middle-aged trucker saw a young woman in jeans and a bright red shirt. She tried hitching a ride with him, but he wouldn’t stop. Around half a mile later, he saw the same woman extending her thumb. But he continued driving.
One more time further down the road, he saw her one more time, but this time she flashed directly in front of his windshield, then disappeared. He says he'll never forget the screaming sound she made, even thought it somehow sounded both silent and like the loudest sound he had ever heart.
He got out of his truck to look around, worried he had hit somebody, but there was nothing there.
The ‘woman’ appeared one more time just before he neared his destination. But this time he slowed down to make sure it was the same hitchhiker. His ears suddenly rang as she screamed loudly. Blood spattered on the windshield and he felt something choke him. Had another truck not pass by, the trucker believes he wouldn’t be alive.
The following is a true story retold by an anonymous person:
I use to drive along highway 99 between Fresno and Chico for work. Sometimes I would have to drive to San Francisco in between the cities and would have to take highway 132 through Modesto. This highway only has two lanes going each way. This is my story and I remember it well.
Source - Backpackerverse
Stranger Than Fiction Stories by M.P. Pellicer