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Aug 5, 2015 7:55 PM

3 families filing lawsuit against circus company in Lancaster deadly tent collapse


CONCORD - Noah Cardieux is one of 100 people who were inside the circus tent that collapsed in Lancaster Monday night.

He took photos and captured the moments when wind started to fill the circus tent, people started to evacuate, then the chaotic aftermath.

It's photos like those that are helping investigators piece it all together.

Through interviews with victims, the State Fire Marshal says everyone was told to stay seated just before the collapse.

“I don't remember any announcement, no,” Cardieux said.

There was a microburst with wind bursts up to 90 miles per hour, but there's a lot of questions about the safety of the tent.

Concord attorney Peter McGrath is representing three families suing Walker International, Inc., including a 13-year-old boy who was hit in the head with a pole.

“A stranger covered him up with a sweatshirt and put direct pressure on the wound and helped him … The circus company was supposed to have insurance and the proper permits,” McGrath said.

Walker International released a statement today saying in part:

"Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to the families whose lives have been affected ... We continue to assist in the current investigation in addition to conducting our own review of the events that led up to this unfortunate incident."

Cardieux is not one of McGrath's clients.

But he says he's shaken after going through this ordeal with his family especially after trying to save Robert Young and his 8-year-old daughter Annabelle, who were killed.

“There were three or four of us right at that point trying to lift the tent and search under there for the little girl,” Cardieux said.

The Fire Marshal's Office continues to ask witnesses to contact them with pictures and video at FMO@dos.nh.gov or to call (603)223-4289.

Those who wish to speak with a professional for help with emotional and mental healing are asked to call one of the following health centers: The Mental Health Center in Berlin at 603-752-5194, White Mountain Mental Health in Littleton at 603-444-5358, The Mental Health Center in Colebrook at 603-237-4955, or Northeast Kingdom Human Services in St. Johnsbury at 1-800-649-0118.


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