Concordia, KS Circus Train Wreck, May 1892

CIRCUS WRECKED.

Four Men Killed and Five More Seriously Injured.

ATCHISON, Kas., May 17. --- The first section of Ringling Brothers' circus train, east bound over the Central Branch railroad was ditched about a mile east of Concordia at 2:45 this morning. Four showmen were killed and five more badly injured.

The accident occurred while the train was crossing a small culvert. The engine passed over in safety but the structure gave way under the first car.

Twenty head of stock was drowned, among them being several valuable performing horses. The bodies of two of the dead showmen have been recovered from the wreck.

The engineer saw that the structure was going down, but stuck to his engine and went over in safety.

The other trainmen jumped and none of them were injured. The killed are:
NEIL O'DONALD, of Mission, Wisconsin.
ALBERT DIETRICH, of Freeport, Illinois.
The injured and those who may die are:
CHARLES SHEY, of Ottawa, Canada; hurt about the chest.
WILLIAM MARSHALL, of Baraboo, Wisconsin; leg broken, hip dislocated and injured internally.
THOMAS McKINNEY, of Chicago; injured about the head.
FRANK SMITH, of Wisconsin; badly hurt about the face and head.
Three other members of the circus were more or less hurt.

Aspen Weekly Times Colorado 1892-05-21

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A CIRCUS TRAIN WRECKED.

FOUR SHOWMEN WERE KILLED AND FIVE BADLY INJURED.

Atchison, Kan., May 17 -- The first section of RINEN Brothers' circus train, east bound, on the Central Branch Railroad, was ditched one mile east of Concordia at 2:45 o'clock this morning.

Four showmen were killed and five were badly injured. The accident occurred while the train was crossing a small culvert.

The engine passed over in safety, but the structure gave way with the first car. Several cars were piled up in the stream. About twenty head of stock were drowned. Two dead bodies have been taken from the wreck.
A wrecking crew left Atchison for the scene of the accident at 4 o'clock and Assistant Chief SURGEON FARRER left shortly afterward on a special train. The recent heavy rains caused the culvert to weaken.

The New York Times New York 1892-05-18