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.

More about the 1891 story –

On August 27, 1891 in Statesville, NC a passenger train headed for Asheville jumped the track on the Bostian Bridge and 30 people lost their lives. On the anniversary of the accident, at least one ghost of the dead comes back for a very strange reason.

The day of August 26 was going along fine for Hugh K. Linster, a baggage master for the rail road. He had just received a gold watch for 30 years of service and was looking forward to a long retirement. It was an extremely hot day and Hugh, known as H.K. to everyone was looking for ward to getting to Asheville and the cool weather at least for a while before coming back down from the mountains into the heat.

The all board sounded and Linster began to make sure his job was done when he looked at his watch for the time. The watch said it was 9:30 but H.K. knew it had to be later than that. He asked a passenger for the time. The man replied it was 3 o’clock. As Linster began to set his new watch, all hell broke loose.

As the train crossed the Bostian Bridge, it jumped the track. Seven cars were plunged 70 feet into the Third Creek below. the carnage was unmatched in anything Statesville had seen. Hugh Linster never made it to retirement. His body was found in the wreck having been killed immediately upon impact with a broken neck.

One year later on August 27, a small group of people were walking near the bridge when they heard a terrible sound. Fearing yet another train wreck they raced to the bridge and were met by a man in a rail road uniform. Very calmly he asked them for the time. Thinking he was in shock, they pushed passed him to where the thought the sound came from.

There was nothing there.

Confused, the people turned towards the man who had met them on the bridge. He tipped his hat to them and began to walk away before vanishing into thin air. They had just met the ghostly spirit of H.K. Linster. One of the people noted that when he looked at his watch, it was 3pm. The same time the wreck occurred.

As the story goes, every year on August 27, the wreck of the number 9 happens again and again, Linster goes looking for the correct time.. Perhaps he always will.

(I should note that there is a conflict with the time of the accident. While some sources say the time was 3pm, others say it happened exactly at 1:52 am)

[Creepy NC]

Not sure if I would believe in the ghost stories, but no matter you do or not – please be careful in what you do – make sure you and others around you are safe!

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