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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Fort Wayne Elephant News

Last Year's Fort Wayne Circus Death Subject of Lawsuits

The Tarzan Zerbini Circus was back in Fort Wayne this past week at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. It was one year after a worker was trampled to death by a Zerbini Circus elephant in the Coliseum Parking Lot.

Seems like the parties are still cleaning up the legal mess.

Randy Turner of The Turner Report weblog in Joplin, Missouri, reports today on the lawsuit filed Tuesday against the Circus by its insurer:
It's something everyone should know before they buy insurance- just because you have insured your trailer does not mean you are covered if an elephant stomps someone to death in it.

That's the gist of a lawsuit filed Tuesday in U. S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri. National American Insurance Company claims it should not have to bear the costs faced by the Webb City-based Tarzan Zerbini International Three Ring Circus, Inc., in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the widow of a man who was killed by a circus elephant last year in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Steve Johnson of the Mizpah Shrine, sponsor of the circus' Fort Wayne appearance, commented on last year's circus fatality in a News-Sentinel story prior to this year's Fort Wayne show:
"It was an accident,” Johnson said. β€œIt goes along with the profession. It is like a race car driver has a chance of hitting the wall.”
More: 1999 PBS Documentary on the circus: Travels with Tarzan: A Documentary Odyssey. Article from The Pennsylvania Gazette, an alumni magazine for the University of Pensylvania.

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