Grass Valley, CA Circus In Railroad Wreck, Sep 1893

CIRCUS IN A RAILROAD WRECK.

TWO MEN INSTANTLY KILLED AND HALF A DOZEN INJURED.

Grass Valley, Cal., Sept. 6 -- The narrow-gauge train conveying SELLS & RENFREW'S circus was wrecked a mile and a half from here this morning shortly after midnight. Two men were killed and half a dozen injured. The train was proceeding slowly around a curve, when the horses in a box car overbalanced the car, derailing the train. The killed are:
ANDREW HIRST, of Colfax, aged seventeen, taking a free ride.
HANK JONES, circus property man.
The wounded are:
DANIEL COGHLAN, engineer; hip sprained.
AL CROWELL, groom; head smashed, ribs broken.
JOSEPH DUFFY, fireman; body bruised.
JOSEPH JONES, canvasman; head smashed, wrist broken.
THOMAS RUSSELL; legs badly bruised.
WILLIAM SPERENS, cook; leg broken and serious internal injuries.
The escape of the engineer and fireman was miraculous, as their engine was turned upside down and they were thrown out violently.

The New York Times New York 1893-09-07