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New video reveals announcer shock in Ringling Brothers Circus accident in R.I.

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A new video recently posted on YouTube of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus act accident in Providence, R.I., reveals the apparent shock as the announcer was telling the audience about the acrobatic act.

Click here for a previously posted video that shows that platform collapsing from another angle.

In the video above, you can hear the announcer stop cold as the performers fall.

The Providence Observer reported nine of the injured performers are in critical condition

In an update on previously reported information, the paper says that as many as 20 performers were hurt in total. ABC News reports that the acrobats plunged 35 feet.

“Everybody’s conscious. Everybody’s doing well. We ask everybody to pray for the girls," said Roman Garcia, general manager of Ringling’s Legends tour.

Othello Smith told that Journal that he and his family left the show shortly after the accident because they didn’t want their young children watching the aftermath. “One of the performers was crying,” he said. “It looked pretty bad.”

He added, “They just dropped. It happened so fast you didn’t really believe it happened.”

Previous Ringling Brothers Circus accidents

The Journal notes that a 32 year-old Ringling aerial performer died in 2004 when she fell about 30 feet during a performance in St. Paul, Minn. It was reportedly the first fatal accident involving Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey performers in a at least a decade.

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Undoubtedly the video posted above will aid authorities in helping to determine the cause of the accident.


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