STATESVILLE, N.C. - Authorities say a man who was waiting with several friends for a "ghost train" from a North Carolina legend was killed when a real train came down the tracks.
Iredell County Sheriff Phil Redmond says 29-year-old Christopher Kaiser of Charlotte was killed about 2:45 a.m. Friday as he waited with friends at a railroad trestle. Redmond says witnesses said about 12people were on the trestle hoping to see a ghost train when the real train rounded a bend.
Everyone was able to clear the track at the end of the trestle accept Kaiser and another woman, whom he pushed to safety before being struck and thrown into a ravine.
"There was no way out," said Iredell County Sheriff's Office Capt. Darren Campbell. "They almost made it."
A female onlooker told CNN affiliate WCNC, "We were there looking for what people say happened. You hear the train wreck or hear people screaming. We were just watching."
The legend developed from a train wreck on Aug. 27, 1891, that killed about two dozen people and injured many others. Folklore websites claim the accident can be heard on each anniversary.