A member of an amateur ghost hunting group who was trying to see or hear proof of a 19th century North Carolina ghost train was killed by a real locomotive in the early morning hours of August 27. Two others were injured and airlifted to the hospital.
The accident occurred at the scene of a 1891 train wreck that killed about 25 people and injured many others. Apparently the group may have thought that the real train coming down the track on the accident’s anniversary was the ghost train from North Carolina folklore. The accident is under investigation. According to a press release from the local sheriff, “witnesses stated that they were at the site in hopes of seeing a ghost train.”
Since the deadly crash more than a hundred years ago, the legend has come alive that a ghost train plays out that deadly scene again on each anniversary of the wreck. According to the legend, people have reportedly heard grinding metal, screaming passengers and a watchman’s light.
Quoting local law enforcement, AP says that Christopher Kaiser, 29, of Charlotte, was the man killed about 2:45 a.m at a train trestle. His body was found below the trestle down a steep incline. Evidently there were 12 people caught on the trestle when the real train came around the bend.