Aug 5, 2015 4:27 PM
Circus cancels remaining NH shows, injury report increased to more than 50 after Lancaster tent collapse
LANCASTER - Officials are now saying more than 50 people were injured in the circus tent collapse on Monday.
Most injuries resulted from falling poles, and all but one person has been released from the hospital.
Two people died Monday - Robert Young and his 8-year-old daughter, Annabelle.
An investigation has been launched by structural engineers to determine why the beams collapsed.
Walker Brothers Circus has canceled their remaining shows in NH and released the following statement:
The entire cast and crew of Walker International Events, Inc. are deeply saddened by the tragic chain of events that occurred in Lancaster, New Hampshire on Monday evening. Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to the families whose lives have been affected.
Our team remains onsite and we have been cooperating with both the State and Federal officials who are in the midst of conducting this investigation.
Throughout four generations, the people at Walker International Events, Inc. have continually focused their efforts on providing safe, family friendly entertainment to many communities across the country. We remain committed to that mission. 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.
Officials said there has been a steady stream of witnesses contacting them about the tragedy. They said they've received more than 25 emails. The witnesses are describing what happened in the tent, the paths they took to get out, what they heard and saw and what part of the show was going on when the storm hit.
Lancaster is arranging for some sort of community counseling including a hotline.