Real Train Kills Man Seeking Ghost Train Ghost-hunters believed oncoming train was a phantom By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff Posted Sep 1, 2010 6:06 AM CDT 3 comments Comments A train wreck at the same location killed 30 people in 1981. (Shutter Stock) (Newser) – A man looking for a ghost train on the anniversary of a deadly 1891 crash in North Carolina was struck and killed by a real train. The man was part of a party of a dozen ghost-hunters waiting on a trestle at 3am when the real train came around a bend, the AP reports. Authorities say the group didn't move out of the way faster because they believed the train was actually a ghost train. Two others were injured.