I couldn't help but snort cynically at a news report from North Carolina.
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.
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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.
There's more at the link.
Let's see now. In all of recorded human history, there has never, repeat, never been a single verified, proven instance of 'ghosts' or 'haunting' or whatever.
So, a dozen supposedly 'modern', 'educated' people decide to go walking along an active, in-use railway line, in the dead of night, in the hope that they're going to find something that anyone with half an ounce of common sense could tell them does not exist. Instead, they find an all too real train - or, rather, it finds them - and give its driver a permanent case of the shakes for hitting them (not that it was in any way his fault, of course). Way to go, idiots!
Oh, well . . . at least, if their daft ideas hold any water, there's now another 'ghost' at the site!