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'I gave soaking wet phantom hitchhiker a lift before clocking he was just a ghost'
ghost.The strange tale, which took place in near Liverpool in 1983, was recalled by Dr Rob Gandy.The Visiting Professor at the Liverpool Business School at Liverpool John Moores University, who is also a former NHS manager, has been collating eye-witness accounts of strange encounters on British highways and byways.READ MORE: Elle Brooke slams OnlyFans rival Astrid Wett for 'ducking her' for 'easy opponent'And the story of the “Talking Phantom Hitchhiker” has left him baffled.The bloke who came across the soon-to-be-ghost person is only known as “Mr M”, and was 27 at the time.He was driving along the Coastal Road between Ainsdale and Southport, Merseyside, which for anyone who has ever travelled on the scenic route will know that it is just miles of sandy hills and darkness.However, Dr Gandy explained about the story he was told: “The man was wearing a parka-type coat and was soaking wet, and wasn’t carrying any bags.“He had stubble on his face and dark eyes, and Mr M guessed that he was in his mid-30s.“Although his behaviour was normal and calm, he had a troubled expression, which Mr M put down to him being out in such bad weather.“He was quietly spoken, with a local Southport accent, and asked if he could bring his girlfriend with him into the car, to which Mr M agreed.“Staying on the passenger side of the car, the man then stepped to its rear without making a sound, although the heavy rain was making a lot of noise - Mr M then realised that the man was nowhere to be seen; he opened the driver’s window and saw that there was nobody there.