TERRIBLE TRAGEDY …
Two people are dead and many injured following a circus tent collapse at the Lancaster fairgrounds following severe weather that tore through the area with one-inch hail, 60-mph winds and frequent lightning. The terrible incident took place at approximately 5:30 p.m in Lancaster, NH.
Two people were killed when a circus tent collapsed at the Lancaster fairgrounds as severe weather moved through the area Monday evening.
Approximately 15 people were injured and taken to four regional hospitals, the state fire marshal’s office said. There was no word on the extent of their injuries.
About 100 people were inside the tent at the time of the collapse, which occurred after 5:30 p.m.
Safety officials in New Hampshire are investigating the collapse of a circus tent during a severe storm that killed a father and daughter and injured about 22 others.
“We all this morning have heavy hearts,” Gov. Maggie Hassan told WMUR-TV early Tuesday. “We lost two lives — a father and a daughter — at an event that was supposed to be fun.”
Authorities were looking at how the tent was put up at the Lancaster Fairgrounds, about 90 miles north of the capital of Concord. They also were talking to survivors and witnesses.
Heidi Medeiros, who was at the circus with her 3-year-old son, said it suddenly went dark and she heard someone screaming, “Get out, get out.”