The ghostly apparition of a girl is being blamed for a series of crashes on a stretch of country road. Spooky sightings of a girl aged about five, in Victorian dress, on a road in the West Midlands are now being investigated by paranormal researchers. The late-night 'visions' are occurring along Oldnall Road in Halesowen, near Birmingham, and are believed to have been responsible for a number of crashes and near-misses in the area in recent years. David Taylor, chairman of the 'Parasearch' group which has been investigating the claims, said he had not found a rational explanation so far. He added: 'Although the people who have reported the sightings didn't actually crash, they were close to it because they had to swerve around the apparition and up on to the pavement. 'It could be an optical illusion of some sort. 'The area around there is an accident blackspot and there have been some serious incidents, so maybe they had all seen the same thing.' Mr Taylor has been investigating claims of paranormal activity for 22 years. He said: 'Most of the time there is a logical explanation but, so far, I haven't found one for this case.' Resident Jimmy Lahn, 54, said: 'We've had quite a few accidents on that road.
I wouldn't be surprised if this ghostly figure has something to do with it. It is seen as a bit of an accident blackspot around these parts – and maybe now we know why.' A West Midlands Police spokesman said the most recent incidents included a crash involving a motorbike and a car in November while last July a woman was taken to hospital after a collision on the same stretch.