2011-06-02 / Local & State

Winds Topple Western PA Circus Tent

SEWARD, Pa. ( AP) – High winds toppled a circus tent in western Pennsylvania, injuring five people including three children.

One adult was struck in the head and hospitalized in intensive care after the Lewis and Clark Circus tent collapsed during a brief storm Thursday in Seward, Westmoreland County.

Seward Volunteer Fire Company Chief Travis Lovejoy says spectators fled from the toppled tent partway through the first of two scheduled shows. Three people were taken from the scene in ambulances.

Numerous strong storms wreaked havoc with roads and homes across the state. Damaging hail up to 2 inches in diameter was reported in in Franklin, Schuylkill, Cumberland and Northumberland counties. The National Weather Service is investigating several funnel cloud reports.

Nearly 30,000 customers were still without in power in central Pennsylvania early Friday.

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