Stunt motorcyclist falls during performance at Shriners Circus in Belleville

A stunt performer overshot a ramp and wiped out his bike after making a jump Sunday afternoon at the Ainad Shriners Circus of Thrills show in Belleville.

According to a video that was shot by a spectator, Scott Sill, the motorcyclist climbed the first ramp but overshot the opposite ramp while making a jump at the outdoor event at the Belle-Clair Fairgrounds. In the video, the stunt rider can be seen lying on the ground while circus crew members rush to help the performer.

A spokesman for Ainad Shriners could not be reached for comment Monday.

It’s not known whether the stunt rider was injured. Sill said he saw the motorcyclist taken to an ambulance that was on scene at the event. The rest of the show was canceled after that, he said.

Belleville police and fire did not respond to the scene. A spokesman for Belle-Clair could not be reached for comment.

Hana Muslic has been a public safety reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat since August 2018, covering everything from crime and courts to accidents, fires and natural disasters. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and her previous work can be found in The Lincoln Journal-Star and The Kansas City Star.