Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus accident caught on video: stunning video is surfacing of a circus accident in Providence, R. I.. on Sunday.
A total of nine performers were hurt but none of the injuries was life-threatening, Yahoo! News reported Sunday. The dramatic YouTube video above shows the accident. As you can hear from the background conversations, many thought the platform collapse was part of the show. It was only until later, that many realized that it was an accident.
A spokesman for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus said that eight performers at its show in Providence, Rhode Island fell from a platform and one dancer was injured on the floor below.
The circus accident happened Sunday during the circus’ Legends show at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence.
The cause of the accident is under investigation and has not yet been determined said Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare.
A manager for the show told AP that the accident happened during a "hair hang" act while performers are hanging from their hair.
Here’s how Ringling Brothers explains the hair hang act: ” This larger-than-life act features not two, but eight female performers from countries around the world including the U.S., Brazil, Bulgaria and Ukraine. These ‘hairialists’ perform a combination of choreography and cut-ups including spinning, hanging from hoops, and rolling down wrapped silks, all while being suspended 35 feet in the air by their hair alone! In this hair-raising act, audiences will even see the weight of three girls held aloft by the locks of only one of these tangled beauties.”
The release of the video above will no doubt help Rhode Island investigators figure out what went wrong in the Ringling Brothers circus accident, but the good news again is that there were no life-threatening injuries.