Christopher Kaiser, 29-year old Ghost train hunter of Charlotte, was struck and killed by a real train when he with other amateur “ghost train hunters” were trying to hear the sound of a crash of the Bostian Bridge train wreck on its 119th anniversary.
Shortly after 3am there were 10-12 people over the span of 300 feet trying to hear or see something but a real Norfolk-Southern train — three engines and one car — turned the corner as it headed east to Statesville, about 35 miles north of Charlotte. There was 150 feet to safety as all the hunters made it except for 2. Witnesses say that Kaiser pushed the woman who fell about 30 to 40 feet from the trestle and was injured. Her name and condition were not known. Kaiser was stuck by the train and died as the engine couldn’t brake fast enough and there no other way for Kaiser to go.
Fact: On August 27, 1891, a passenger train jumped the tracks on a tall bridge near Statesville, North Carolina, sending seven rail cars below and about 30 people to their deaths.
The legend: On the wreck’s anniversary, the sounds of screeching wheels, screaming passengers and a horrific crash might still be heard. You might also see a uniformed man with a gold watch.