Adeline, LA Circus Train In Accident, Oct 1922

THREE KILLED IN WRECK.

SEVERAL OTHERS ARE INJURED WHEN EXPRESS CRASHES INTO CIRCUS TRAIN.

New Orleans, Oct 31 -- Three persons were killed and five others seriously injured today when Southern Pacific Passenger Train No. 109 crashed into the rear of a special train carrying the C. A. WORTHAM shows, at Adeline, La., about nine miles west of Franklin.

The dead are:
WILLIAM G. JONES and HOMER V. JONES, brothers, of San Antonio, Texas.
R. L. METCALF, Louisville, Ky.

The injured are:
MRS. WILLIAM G. JONES, wife of one of the men killed.
MRS. IRENE MURPHY.
CHARLES FLOHR.
FREDERICK MILLER
CHARLES JAMIESON.
The addresses of the last four are not known.

All of the killed and injured were members of the WORTHAM shows. Several other people on the show train received minor bruises and scratches. No member of the crews of the two trains was injured.

Both trains were west-bound. One of the passenger coaches used on the rear of the show train as a caboose and four others as sleeping quarters, were reduced to kindling wood. The locomotive of the passenger train buried itself in the rear coach, causing the four cars in front of it to telescope.

According to testimony as[sic] a coroner's inquest today, the show train was backing into a siding at Adeline when the accident occurred. The bodies of the three men were shipped to their homes tonight from Franklin. The injured are being treated at Patterson, La., where they were taken following the accident.

The show train was on its way from New Orleans to New Iberia, where the show was scheduled for today.

The New York Times New York 1922-11-01