a reply to: Night Star
I'm still here!!! Just re-working a short story that I did years ago....... let me know what you guys think. This is from the point of view of a
paranormal investigator who had a couple of family members that responded to the actual incident.
The Kanawha County Crash of 1985
It was on a very dark night, like tonight, that something very tragic happened. The incident, which is known as the Kanawha County Crash of 1985,
occurred when a Chesapeake & Ohio freight train collided head-on with a passenger train. Just happened to be there were some strange happenings going
on that day before the crash and after the crash at night. Reports from all over the Kanawha Valley of lights being seen from Montgomery to Point
Pleasant, which a few were reported by pilots flying over the area at the time. Around 9:30 that night, Amtrak had just left Montgomery en-route to
Charleston with the Westbound George Washington. Unbeknownst to the crew on the Amtrak train, the crew of Chesapeake & Ohio freight train #90 heading
for Richmond, Virginia had had fell asleep, macro sleep is the correct term, while still operating their train. This in turn caused the freight train
to "run" several block signals that are located on the line. Even though the fail safes were in place to keep it from happening. No one in the eastern
half of the county knew what was about to happen and that it would make history.
At around 9:45 p.m., the crew of the Amtrak train caught sight of the headlights of a locomotive coming toward them at a high rate of speed. At
exactly 9:47 P.M. the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department received a call coming from the town of Coalburg in which the caller reports hearing a large
explosion with several more smaller explosions after that. This got the proverbial wheels set in motion, I mean fire departments from Kanawha and
Fayette Counties that have converged in a stream of red and white vehicles. It was as if someone had turned a faucet on and put red and white food
coloring in the water. There were several lights in the sky at the time due to the medevacs coming in and landing at a nearby car dealership, some
even had to land on the West Virginia Turnpike. Picture something like a Greyhound bus that has smacked a semi only on a scale ten times as worse. The
scene of this crash was like nothing that this county had ever seen before or since in it's history. I mean it put some of the big fires that have
occurred here look like nothing.
First reports of a haunting came a month after the crash occurred and the clean up over and done with. People were calling us reporting that they were
hearing screams coming from the railroad tracks. It was every single night the deputies were being sent up there to investigate the screaming that was
going on. They would go up there, look around to see if they could find who or what was making the noise and they would come back with nothing. Night
after night, officers would come back to headquarters with nothing or an explanation. I first noticed something strange when I went to the scene and
found a Bible that was basically untouched, it was like it was left there for a reason. It just baffled me back then as to what was causing all the
screaming. That was until I went further in depth investigating the causes of the crash.
What most people don't know is that the Amtrak train caught fire right after the impact with the freight train. This is turn caused close to thirty or
forty people to loose their lives because the fire spread so quickly. It could explain the reasons as to why people are experiencing the screaming,
but here's the odd thing about the screams and apparitions, they only occur at the end of each month. It was as if the souls of the dead passengers
where coming back to a final and proper resting place. If you were to venture to Coalburg, WV on a dark night, you might just be in for the scare of
your life! Also, to add to the creepiness, I forgot to mention that the number of ufo sightings for that night went up also. It was as if someone or
something knew what was about to happen. Even state troopers patrolling the Turnpike before and closing the Turnpike after the crash so that it could
have been used for a landing zone also reported seeing numerous lights in the sky over the area that night.
There was one nite that a buddy of mine went up there two years after the crash he was even terrified when he got back home. A few days later, Mark
saw his buddy and asked him what he saw up there. He said that he saw the apparition of a passenger train pass by when the screaming started up. I
could tell he was startled by it because when he said that, his face turned a ghostly white! I asked him what was the number on the locomotive, and he
said 220. Right then, a chill ran down my spine like someone had poured ice water down my spine inside my body. I said, "That was the very same number
on the Amtrak unit!" I can't believe it, he exclaimed! What are the chances of the numbers matching??? It is said that two people have been spotted
walking the tracks near the crash site, but when they get close to the observer, they just vanish into thin air! This could be the Amtak crew coming
back to look for their train. From what I have been told by people that were on the scene of the derailment and fire from both the fire service and
from the railroad. There was no way that the crew of the Amtrak train could have been identified due to the excessive heat from the burning tank cars
that had blew up and started burning. As for the crew of the C&O freight train, their remains still have not been found to this day. It is also not
known if their remains burnt up in the fire or if they can even be identified if they are to be found.
To this day, if you still walk the tracks between Coalburg and East Bank on a clear night. You may still encounter a restless soul from this tragic
night walking the tracks and looking for an answer as to what happened to them.