Farmington, NH Circus Train Wreck, Jul 1928
FARMINGTON, N. H., July 22.-
Five men were killed and eight were
injured today when five seventy-foot
steel flat-cars in a 20-car train.
bearing the performers and equipment
of the Bernardi Greater Shows
from Laconia, N. H., to Gloucester,
Mass., were wrecked by a falling
drawbar two miles south of here.
All of the men killed were laborers
of the traveling carnival troupe and
were lying or sitting under and
among the wagons and other show
equipment to escape the drenching
A check-up of the employes of the
show tonight indicated a possibility
that two other men might have been
buried beneath the wreck. Crews
from Rochester and Concord worked
until late in an attempt to find them.
Identification of the dead was difficult
because the laborers were
known mainly by their nicknames, but four
of the five bodies were identified as
those of Reginald Paggett of Lyndhburg,
Va.; George Munroe of Baltimore.
Md.: William M. Glienicka,
colored, of 2.642 Orthodox Avenue,
Philadelphia, and Clarence Williams,
colored, of Charleston, W. Va..
The injured are all under treatment
at the Rochester Hospital, but none
of the injuries are serious.
More than 200 employes of the
traveling show were on board, the
performers being in two sleepers at
the rear of the train. Shortly after
noon, when the heavily laden train
was making good time on a down
grade near here, a key pin dropped
out and released the heavy steel
draw-bar under the sixth flat-car in
the train. The heavy bar plowed into
the track bed and lifted the front
end of the car off the tracks.
The four cars behind left the rails
also, the heavy gear tumbling to the
ground in a chaos of steel, wood
Within 40 minutes after the wreck,
all the injured had been taken to the
hospital at Rochester, and a short
time later, crews were at work digging
the men from the sand and
Officials of the show company said
tonight that they plan to reunite the
train in Dove, and to go through
with their engagement in Gloucester.
Loss to equipment was estimated
at $25,000 and $30,000, the greater
part of the equipment of the wrecked
flat cars being a total loss.
July 22 edition of The New York Times