Photos: 3 elephants escape circus in St. Charles

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by Julian Johnson / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on March 24, 2014 at 9:38 AM

(KMOV) -- Three female elephants from the Moolah Shrine Circus escaped their handlers in the children's ride section in St. Charles on Saturday, according to witnesses and officials.

"Things started shaking, When I looked up I saw three elephants coming toward us," Sally Schmiz, a witness to the event, said. "These huge elephants litterally went through these huge RVs. Then they went through two trucks breaking mirrors off, and panels off and breaking the windows." 

Officials confirmed the escaped elephants were ones children could ride, though no one was on the animals when they got loose.

The elephants were a part of the circus taking place at the Family Arena in St. Charles.

So how did the incident happen? News 4's Julian Johnson went to St. Charles to find out. 

Click on the video above to see what he found out.

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