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MAN: I think the most - the weirdest experience I've ever had was about ten years ago. No, 'weirdest' is not really the right word. 'Baffling'? 'Staggering'? 'Terrifying'? All those things, but... Well, let me tell you what happened.
I was driving home at about nine late one evening from doing some business in the north. It was a typical late November night. Very cold, with occasional patches of mist, but generally quite a clear night. I was about two miles from the village where we live when I spotted a hitchhiker about 200 metres ahead on my side of the road. I was going to drive on past, because I never stop for hitchhikers - especially after that terrible mugging case a few years ago. But when I got closer, I realised that it was a man from our village - in fact, an acquaintance of ours: his wife was friendly with my wife, although I didn't know him at all well, apart from saying 'Good morning' occasionally. And I knew his name was John. But that's all. Anyway, I stopped and he got in. He told me that his car had broken down outside Winchester - he'd also been on his way back from business. He'd left his car at a garage and had got a lift the 20 miles to the point where I had picked him up. That was all he said, as far as I remember, and I didn't press him further.
I dropped him at the end of his road in the village, drove on home and went straight to bed.
The following morning, about half past eight, there was a telephone call which my wife took. It was John's wife - the John I had given a lift to. She was in a terrible state and asked if my wife could go over and stay with her for a few hours. She had just heard that her husband had been killed in a multiple car crash near Winchester at about 6.30 the evening before. I'd picked John up on the road two and a half hours after that.
The speaker didn't quite know how to describe his experience
he couldn't remember all the details.
it was so embarrassing.
he had never told the story before.
it was so strange.
When the speaker spotted the hitchhiker...
his first thought was to drive on past.
he recognised him immediately.
he could see the man was surrounded by mist.
he was driving to a business meeting in the north.
The speaker stopped for the hitchhiker because...
he was a business colleague of his.
he knew the man slightly.
the man was holding a card with the name of the
village on it.
he knew the man's car had broken down.
The speaker dropped the man...
20 miles from his home.
at the end of his road.
near the telephone box.
What had happened earlier that evening?
The speaker's wife had had a call from John.
John had come to the speaker's house for an hour.
John's wife had been to see the speaker's wife.
John had died in a very bad car crash.
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