Ghost hunter looking for ‘ghost train’ hit and killed by real train

STATESVILLE, NC (WBTV) – A man who was with about a dozen people who were looking for a legendary “ghost train” in Iredell County was hit by a locomotive and killed early Friday morning. 

The incident happened on a train trestle at 2:45 a.m. near the 900 block of Buffalo Shoals Road.

Robin Chapman, a spokesperson for Norfolk-Southern Railroad, said the eastbound train consisted of three locomotives and no freight cars.  

The train was rounding a curve and approaching a trestle over Boston Creek just prior to Buffalo Shoals Road when it struck a man on the trestle, Chapman said.  

Christopher Kaiser, 29, died at the scene and two more people were injured, according to Iredell County Sheriff Phillip Redmond. Kaiser’s body was found below the trestle down a steep incline, he said.

“During the investigation, witnesses told deputies they were at the site in hopes of seeing a ‘ghost train’,” the Iredell County sheriff’s office said in a press release.

 The sheriff said the incident coincided with the anniversary of a train wreck that occurred at the same location in 1891. (Read a story about the original wreck)

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4 thoughts on “Ghost hunter looking for ‘ghost train’ hit and killed by real train”

  1. Is it wrong of me to feel a little upset and think that the person was being stupid even though he died?

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  2. That was my thought, TenderKiss. Darwin award time. If you want to do something involving train tracks, especially over a bridge or trestle, then at least find out the train schedule and possibly alert a nearby station that people will be there.

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  3. Freight trains don’t run on a schedule nor do we have manned stations anymore. Best thing for someone to do is not to trespass in the first place. Trains can’t stop on a dime like your car. It takes at least half a mile at 40 mph if not more. Everyone is always in a hurry and can’t be bothered to wait a minute for train to pass at a crossing and insist on driving around lowered crossing gates in front of an oncoming train risking their lives and my safety. I see it at least once everytime I go to work. Luckily, I have never hit anyone yet but I still have almost 30 years to go. I did hit a dog once as the two kids who owned it watched in horror. I can still hear them screaming.

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