Man looking for ‘ghost train’ killed by the real thing

August 30th, 2010 by Staff

Source: telegraph.co.uk –Christopher Kaiser, 29, had gathered with around 12 others on the anniversary of a crash that happened near Statesville, North Carolina at 3am on Aug 27, 1891.

The crash 119 years ago saw seven carriages fall off a rail bridge into a ravine and 30 people died.

According to local legend the sounds of the accident, including the whistle of the train and the screams of passengers, can be heard again on the anniversary and each year people go to listen. On the centenary of the crash in 1991 more than 150 people turned up.

Mr Kaiser was waiting on a trestle at 2.45am when the real train, which consisted of three locomotives, came round a bend.

The ghost hunters began running back along the trestle and most of them made it the 150ft to safety.

According to witnesses Mr Kaiser pushed a woman with him to safety.

She fell at least 30ft from the trestle and was being treated for injuries. Another person was also injured.

A police spokesman said: “During the investigation, witnesses told deputies they were at the site in hopes of seeing a ‘ghost train.’ “Twelve people, who were amateur ghost hunters, were caught on the trestle when the train rounded the bend. All indications at this point are this is an accident.”


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