Amateur NC ghost hunter looking for ‘ghost train’ hit and killed – WIS News 10 – Columbia, South Carolina |

 

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.

The injured patients were airlifted to a local hospital.  Their condition was not immediately known.

"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)

Redmond said there were "12 people who were amateur ghost hunters caught on the trestle when the train rounded the bend" early Friday morning.

The train operators tried to stop the locomotives and warn the people on the trestle, Redmond said.

Most of the people on the trestle started running east and away from the train.

All of the victims were able to clear the trestle except for the fatal victim who was struck by a locomotive.   

"All indications at this point are this is an accident," Redmond said.

The sheriff’s office plans to talk with other witnesses to the accident who left the scene before deputies arrived.

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  1. As sad as a death is of anyone, what is even sadder here is that 1) it could have been prevented by looking up train schedules for that track and 2) where in the hey were their LISTENING ability? I not only am sadden for the family of that young man and his friends & co-workers, but also for that train engineer who now has to live with the consequences of that young man’s foolishness and irresponsibilty!

  2. Debby,
    I am a member of an established paranormal group and let me tell you, the atmosphere at Bostian is insane. Practically the whole town comes out to see the “ghost train”. There’s people drinking and cranking up music…it’s a party atmosphere. Our group went once a couple years ago and decided not to go back. Too many people and too much going on to do an actual investigation. I don’t claim to know Mr. Kaiser or his friends, but many people have far too much to drink and walk the rails. Sadly it was only a matter of time before something like this happened. In fact our group was also starled by a train, but we were further down the tracks (away from the partying) when the train came ’round, so we heard it in plenty of time to get off the rails.
    Looking back we took a stupid risk. We acted irresponsibly in not checking the train schedule. Thankfully we have learned to be more cautious and thorough. We expected a quiet, abandoned little stretch of rail and were blown away by the reality of the situation.
    My condolences to the Kaiser family and prayers for quick recovery for the other folks hurt in this needless tragedy.

  3. Debby,
    The atmosphere at Bostian is insane. I am a member of a paranormal group and several years ago we went to investigate the bridge. We expected a quiet little stretch of railroad track. What we got was quite the opposite. Practically the whole town comes out to watch for the ghost train. People are out there drinking, smoking, playing loud music. It’s a party atmosphere (i.e. forget about it if you are trying to do an actual investigation).
    I don’t know Chris Kaiser or his team, but many groups of people walked the rails after having a couple drinks the night we were there. Although we were sober, some of the team members did walk the tracks and we too were startled by an oncoming train. Luckily we were further down the tracks (away from the majority of the partiers) and were able to hear it coming.
    Still, what we did was stupid and irresponsible. In those days we didn’t bother to check something as simple as the train schedule. Thankfully we’ve become a little more thorough.
    My condolences to the Kaiser family and prayers for a speedy recovery to those injured in this needless tragedy. Please, please everyone, take precautions to be safe when you investigate and please don’t trespass, you never who may be locked and loaded and waiting for you in the dark.

  4. You both make my point! No matter the reason of the “atmosphere” in which you find yourself, you still have to act responsibly because the death of anyone is not an “oooopsie” and reversible! Also, one has to be deligently aware of their surroundings. And if it’s such a party atmosphere, then why even try to do the investigation? You won’t get any reliable results to examine. Apparently, they did the investigation anyways not being prepared or remaining aware of possible dangers and it ended sadly. Which was my point, and one which both of you help prove as well.
    Thank you!
    And as I said in my other post, I’m very sadden for the young man’s family, friends and co-workers, but also for that unfortunate train conductor as well! May God strengthen you all through this time of grief and hardship.

  5. Chris was a friend of mine and i think you people are the worst. You did know him and there fore have no right to judge him or his actions. The fact that in my mind chris doing what was doing and drinking dont mix, so you need to cut the drinking from you comments. And i love it how some of you write what you do yet went there as well to see the ghost train, maybe you need to walk in front of a train.

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