Pennsylvania storm blows over circus tent, causes injuries

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Posted: May 27, 2011 12:53 PM
Pennsylvania storm blows over circus tent, causes injuries

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - A circus tent collapsed during a storm in western Pennsylvania, injuring at least three people, a circus employee said on Friday.

Dozens of people were gathered under the red-and-yellow big top in Westmoreland County on Thursday when it was blown down by sudden high winds, according to Marie Lawson, secretary for the Lewis and Clark Circus, based in Easley, South Carolina.

Circus workers had asked patrons to leave the tent, but "a sudden windstorm came up" and it fell before they could get out, she said.

One person was seriously injured and at least two others suffered cuts and bruises, Lawson said. They were taken to a local hospital, she said.

"We took appropriate measures to try to get the people out, but it just happened way too quick," Lawson said.

The Lewis and Clark Circus was performing benefit shows for the Seward, Pennsylvania, Volunteer Fire Company, she said.

Local police and emergency authorities were not immediately available for comment.

(Reporting by Daniel Lovering; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Jerry Norton)