Ghost Train Spotted
In Saskatchewan
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ST. LOUIS SASKATCHEWAN - For more than 80 years, the town of St. Louis, Sask. has been home to a famous ghost story. It's proving to be more than just a good tale.
One night in the 1920s, a CNR engineer was checking the tracks near St. Louis when he got hit by a train and lost his head.
CBC Captures the Actual Light
Now, at night a light from a phantom train or lantern appears.
"He was looking for his head," said witness Simone Gareau. "That's why we see the light with the lantern."
Many residents report seeing a light. A CBC camera caught it on tape one night.
The tape isn't proof of the tale and the CNR doesn't have records that go far enough back to confirm or refute the story.
Some people in St. Louis have done their experiments. Sceptic Franceline Doderai believes the lights are just headlights from the highway.
Franceline Doderai Takes a Closer Look
"We took our binoculars and went like this and adjusted them a little bit and could clearly see highway number two through the binoculars," Doderai said.
Not everyone in town buys the headlight theory. Mayor Emile Lussier points out the highway can't even be seen from the ghost-spotting sight.
Lussier said a scientist came to the site but couldn't figure it out. "We noticed there was a light behind us and when we turned around and looked, the light was right down and appeared right at our heels," said Lussier.
Other people in town say it's unexplainable. One invited visitors to come to St. Louis to come see for themselves just don't come alone.
Written by CBC News Online staff

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