Hodgson, PA Train Strikes Circus Wagon, Sep 1895
TWO MEN KILLED.
A PANHANDLE TRAIN STRIKES A BIG CIRCUS WAGON.
A Panhandle train from the west yesterday morning struck a wagon belonging to Scribner & Smith's circus, at a crossing at Hodgson, near Carnegie, and instantly killed ANDREW BRADY and MELVIN ESSENIONE, canvassmen of the circus, and two horses. The show travels by wagon, and has been moving among the small towns surrounding Pittsburgh. The ill-fated wagon carried the poles and tent apparatus.
One account says the men were lying in the wagon asleep. There were other wagons of the circus train close by, and a few had just crossed the tracks. Almost a panic followed. The train struck the wagon in the middle. The two men were awfully mangled. Their bodies were brought to the Pittsburg morgue. No one with the show knew where they lived, though both were in the habit of sending home weekly a part of their earnings. The horses killed were among the best with the show. The two horses in the lead escaped injury.
Pittsburgh Daily Post Pennsylvania 1895-09-29