Eddyville, IA Circus Train In Accident, Aug 1885

CIRCUS MEN HURT.

TWO SECTIONS OF FOREPAUGH'S SHOW TRAIN IN COLLISION.

Ottumwa, Iowa, Aug. 14. -- There was a collision between two sections of ADAM FOREPAUGH'S circus train near Eddyville, Iowa, to-day. The section which was run into is known as the baggage train, and was made up from the rear as follows: Caboose, two box cars, and then the sleepers, Baltimore, Buffalo, Washington, and Detroit in the order named. Ahead of the Detroit were long heavy flat cars on which were loaded the wagons containing the tents, seats, &c. The box car next to the sleepers telescoped with the Baltimore. This sleeper was occupied by canvasmen and others.
The following men were seriously injured:
FRANK BOYD, of Philadelphia, leg and arm broken and injured in the head.
WAXEY, the porter on the Baltimore, leg broken near the hip.
AUGUST SCHMITT, train loader, leg broken.
MIKE WELCH, car repairer, head seriously injured.
LEWIS HUTER.
JOSEPH COPPS.
FRANK BAKER.
FRANK HALLAND.
LEWIS LE GRAND.
The sleepers BUffalo and Washington had their platforms stove up, and their occupants were badly shaken, but none was much injured. The Detroit was thrown from the track and turned upside down. It was occupied by 60 men. SID ENSON, song and dance artist, was the only one seriously injured in this car. He received a severe cut in the head and his skull is probably fractured. A great many others sustained severe bruises.
The flat car next ahead of the Detroit had two cages on it, which were demolished. One of them contained a troop of performing dogs, one of which was killed. Swung under the wagons on this car were hammocks occupied by men, several of whom were injured, but none dangerously. The other cars were more or less damaged.
The menagerie animals were not hurt. Physicians from Eddyville and Ottumwa attended the injured men, who were then sent to the hospital at Davenport. FOREPAUGH says it is the most serious accident that has ever happened to his show.

The New York Times New York 1885-08-15