Sunday, August 29, 2010

'Ghost Train' Hunter Killed by Train in North Carolina

August 28, 2010 on CNN
The facts: 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.

Shortly before 3 a.m. Friday, on the 119th anniversary of the Bostian Bridge train tragedy and at about the same time, between 10 and 12 ghost hunters were on that approximately 300-foot long span.

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

Instead, 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, authorities said.
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(Thanks James)


  1. Predrag StojadinovicAugust 29, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    This is a Darwin Award for sure!

  2. Should've stayed at home, 'oohhh'ing and 'ahhh'ing over pixelated videos.

  3. Sorry the guy's dead, but you should know to stay off railway lines before you are 10, let alone an adult.

  4. Oh great, now there are gonna be two ghost legends.

  5. Believe in ghosts? What's the harm...

  6. Note the ghost drawings in the CAPS sign.

  7. Maybe it's just me or there's something I'm missing, but that video makes him sound suicidal.  How do you have enough time to kiss your girlfriend, tell her I love you and then push her off?  He could have taken the couple of extra seconds, pushed her off and then tried jumping himself.