Champaign Native Injured in Circus Accident

Samantha Pitard is "up and walking around" after the Sunday accident

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    In this photo provided by Rosa Viveiros, first responders work at the center ring after a platform collapsed during an aerial hair-hanging stunt at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, Sunday, May 4, 2014, in Providence, R.I.

    A University of Illinois professor says his daughter is doing "reasonably well" after she was injured in a Rhode Island circus accident.

    Wayne Pitard tells The News-Gazette that daughter Samantha Pitard is "up and walking around" after the Sunday accident.

    Eight acrobats with Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus were injured when an accident during a hair-hanging stunt sent them plummeting to the ground during a performance.

    Samantha Pitard is a graduate of Centennial High School in Champaign. Her father says she's been "overwhelmed by the support" she's received since the accident.

    Samantha Pitard has worked with the circus for about a year and a half. She started as a clown.

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