Father and Daughter Killed, 22 Injured After Circus Tent Collapses in New Hampshire

Father, Daughter Killed, Dozens Hurt: New Hampshire Circus Tent Storm Collapse
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08/04/2015 AT 08:45 AM EDT

Safety inspectors are still trying to find out what caused a circus tent to collapse on Monday evening – killing a father and his daughter and injuring 22 others in New Hampshire's Lancaster Fairgrounds.

"We all this morning have heavy hearts because it is a tragedy, we lost two lives, a father and a daughter, at an event that was supposed to be fun," New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan told local WMUR-TV.

The Walker Brothers Circus was just starting a show when severe weather hit, Fire Marshal William Degnan told the Associated Press.

About 100 people were initially trapped inside; at least 22 were hurt, USA Today reports. CNN has the injury tally at 27.



The names of the dead victims have not yet been released.

The storm swept through around 5:30 p.m. on Monday with 60-m.p.h. gusts and hail.

The National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the area during the time of the tent's collapse, but Degnan didn't know if fairgoers were aware of the storm's strength.

The number listed online for the circus operator, Walker International Events, based in Sarasota, Florida, was not working on Tuesday morning.
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