MOBERLY, Mo. (KMOX) – Eight people were injured overnight in a collision on Highway 24 outside of Moberly involving a Mack truck and a traveling circus.

Around 11:00 Thursday night, a caravan of Whirling Brothers circus performers and animals were traveling down the highway at about 45 miles-per-hour when the truck rear-ended one of the circus vans.

Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Brent Bernhart says most of the injuries weren’t serious.

“One of the female subjects that was in the circus vehicle actually received moderate injuries and was transported by Randolph County ambulance to University Medical Center in Columbia,” he explained.

Trucks containing the elephants and tigers were not involved in the crash.

The circus was in Belleville, Illinois on Tuesday and is scheduled for Columbia, Missouri on Monday. No word on if the show will be cancelled.


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