'Ghost Train' Hunter Killed by Train in North Carolina
Christopher Kaiser of Charlotte was Struck and Instantly Killed



'Ghost Train' Hunter Killed by Train in North Carolina
Christopher Kaiser of Charlotte was Struck and Instantly Killed


Shortly before 3 a.m. Friday, on the 119th anniversary of the Bostian Bridge train tragedy and at about the same time, between ten and twelve ghost hunters were on that approximately 300-foot long span of tracks.

They were hoping to hear the sounds of the crash, and perhaps see something paranormal.

Instead, a real Norfolk-Southern train with three engines and one car turned the corner as it headed east to Statesville, about 35 miles north of Charlotte, the authorities said.


The terrified "amateur ghost watchers" ran away, back toward Statesville, trying to cover the nearly 150 feet that they traveled to safety, said Iredell County Sheriff's Office Capt. Darren Campbell. All but two made it. Christopher Kaiser, 29, of Charlotte, was struck and instantly killed, said Campbell.

A woman who witnesses say Kaiser pushed to safety from the train, fell about 30 to 40 feet from the trestle and was injured. Her name and condition were not known Friday night. She was being treated at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. "There was no way out." said Campbell. "They almost made it."

The engineer of the train, which was traveling at its customary 35 to 40 mph, hit the horn and "stopped as fast as he could," Campbell said.

Campbell, 38, is from the area and has heard all the stories, although he said he knows of no one who has ever seen or heard the "ghost train." On the 50th anniversary of the Bostian Bridge incident, a woman said she witnessed the event all again.

In 1991, hawkers sold T-shirts and other memorabilia, and there were an estimated 150 people waiting for the train to appear, according to the Charlotte Observer.

There are occasional reports of railroad crossing arms dropping without any known cause, Campbell said. The ghost trip on the anniversary has become an annual tradition.


A woman who did not want to be identified, but who was part of the group of onlookers observing, told a CNN affiliate, "We were there looking for what people say happened. You hear the train wreck or hear people screaming. We were just watching."

Kaiser's mother said the family was too distraught to talk about the incident. Campbell said most of the ghost hunters, who were from out of town, have been interviewed and questioned. Many fled because they were trespassing on railroad property, he said.


A Charlotte man told his girlfriend, "I love you," before pushing her to safety off an Iredell County bridge just as a train struck and killed him early Friday, his parents said Sunday.

Campbell said there were no patrols near the bridge early Friday. Although the investigation is continuing, Campbell said the incident appears to be an unfortunate accident.

At least two blogs that cover the phenomena, N.C. Ghost Guide and CreepyNC.com, detail the 1891 wreck's haunted legend. While accounts vary somewhat, the man with the gold watch reportedly was first seen on the first anniversary of the crash.

 
Legend has it that the Bostian Bridge is haunted by a train accident that occurred long ago on August 27th, 1891. A passenger train jumped the tracks on a tall bridge near Statesville, North Carolina, sending seven rail cars tumbling below and about 30 people to their deaths. 

Since then, reports of a phantom train have allegedly been witnessed by individuals as well as a man in a railroad uniform, holding a watch.

Ghost hunters went to check the tracks to see if they could find any evidence of the paranormal. Unfortunately, a real train came down the tracks and hit and killed Christopher Kaiser.




 
 

According to CreepyNC.com, Hugh K. Linster was a baggage master for the Asheville-bound train that crashed into Third Creek that August of 1891. "Hugh Linster never made it to retirement," the blog reads. "His body was found in the wreck having been killed immediately upon impact with a broken neck."

One year later, a group of people at the bridge said they saw a man in a railroad uniform, holding a watch. He vanished before their eyes, legend has it.
The legend of the Boston Bridge Train Tragedy started on August 27th, 1891. A passenger train jumped the tracks on a tall bridge near Statesville, North Carolina, sending seven rail cars tumbling below and about 30 people to their deaths.

It is said that on the wreck's anniversary, the sounds of screeching wheels can be heard as well as the screaming passengers and a horrific crash noise. You might also see a uniformed man with a gold watch within the area of the accident.