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Ringling Bros. Circus: 9 Injured After Tragic Trapeze Collapse — Watch

Mon, May 5, 2014 11:59am EDT by Emily Longeretta 2 Comments

How terrifying! On May 4, eight acrobats crashed into another on the floor after a contraption malfunctioned during the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ Legends performance. Watch the scary accident here.

During an ariel hair-hanging stunt done by the circus performers in Providence, Rhode Island, a platform collapsed around 11:45 a.m. at the Dunkin Donuts Center, causing a huge crash — and it was all caught on camera. It is not yet known how the accident occurred, but it definitely looked horrific.

Ringling Brothers Circus Accident

Nine acrobats were seriously injured — the eight that fell from the suspended platform, and the one below that they landed on.

Stephen Payne, a spokesman for Feld Entertainment, the parent company of Ringling Bros., explained that the acrobats that fell plummeted 25 to 40 feet down. Steven Pare, Providence public safety commissioner has not yet figured out what caused the accident, and added that none of the injuries were serious.

“It just went crashing down,” 14-year-old Sydney Bragg told The Post Standard, adding that the accident occurred around 90 minutes in. “Everyone was freaking out. We heard this huge clatter and then we just heard the girls scream.”

Rosa Viveiros, another audience member, added that the crash was covered by a curtain, but when the curtain was pulled away, you could see the acrobats on top of each other and a man stood up with a bloody face.

The patients, 11 in total, were admitted to Rhode Island Hospital and one was in critical condition.

“Everybody’s doing fine, everybody’s at the hospital, everybody’s conscious, everybody’s doing pretty well,” general manager of the show, Roman Garcia said.

The Center had two shows scheduled — one for later that day and another for May 5. They are currently on hold. We’re hoping a fast recovery to all of those injured!

— Emily Longeretta

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