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Wrongful Death Suit Filed in Lancaster Circus Accident

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Grant Hill1 year ago

Wrongful Death

According to the Herald Tribune, a Florida-based circus operator is facing multiple charges and a wrongful death lawsuit following a circus accident that left two dead and 50 injured.

Details of the Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Roughly 100 people were inside a tent that collapsed at the Lancaster Fairgrounds in August of last year. The incident occurred when a thunder storm passing through the area produced high wind speeds.

Robert Young and his 6-year-old daughter, Annabelle, were killed in the accident. Sarasota-based Walker International Events is now facing seven lawsuits, including a wrongful death suit filed by the Young family.

Walker International Events maintains its innocence, claiming that allegations are either false or that there is not enough known evidence to “form a belief.”

Firefighter and building officials noted that state codes are sufficient for safety, but admitted education efforts could further improve the effectiveness of the regulations.

Circus Accidents and Regulations

According to the Providence Journal, circus-based accidents are highly unlikely.

The circus is a highly regulated industry, and safety is a key premise for performers and owners.


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