Circus Will Resume Performances After Accident

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has opened an eight-show run in Connecticut, while seven acrobats remain in a Rhode Island hospital after an accident during a performance there Sunday.

The circus runs in Hartford through the weekend. The "human chandelier" stunt, in which performers hang by their hair from a suspended apparatus, won't be performed.

Two of the acrobats injured in the accident have been upgraded to fair condition. Two others remain in serious condition, while three have requested that information on their conditions not be released. One of the acrobats was released from the hospital.

Feld Entertainment spokesman Stephen Payne says that federal health and safety inspectors and circus officials do not have a definitive cause for the accident that sent eight acrobats plummeting to the ground.

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A second acrobat injured in an accident at a Rhode Island performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has been upgraded to fair condition.

Rhode Island Hospital says that Stefany Neves was upgraded to fair condition Thursday. Two others remain in serious condition, while three have requested that information on their conditions not be released.

The circus opens in Hartford Thursday night and runs through the weekend. The "human chandelier" stunt, in which performers hang by their hair from a suspended apparatus, won't be performed.

Feld Entertainment spokesman Stephen Payne says that federal health and safety inspectors and circus officials do not have a definitive cause for the accident on Sunday that sent eight acrobats plummeting to the ground.

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A spokesman for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus says an acrobat injured in an accident at a Rhode Island show has been upgraded to fair condition while three others remain in serious condition.

Feld Entertainment spokesman Stephen Payne said at a news conference in Hartford on Thursday that federal health and safety inspectors and circus officials do not have a definitive cause for the aerial accident on Sunday that sent eight acrobats plummeting to the ground.

The circus opens in Hartford on Thursday night and runs through the weekend.

The "human chandelier" stunt, in which performers hang by their hair from a suspended apparatus, won't be performed.

Circus ringmaster Jonathan Lee Iverson says first responders in Providence "may have saved a life or two."

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The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is preparing for the first performance of its "Legends" show since an aerial accident sent eight acrobats plummeting to the ground in Rhode Island.

The circus opens in Hartford, Connecticut, on Thursday night and runs through the weekend.

Producer Nicole Feld plans an afternoon news conference to discuss the accident and changes to the show.

The "human chandelier" stunt, in which performers hang by their hair from a suspended apparatus, won't be performed.

Acrobats Dayana Costa, Julissa Segrera and Stefany Neves remain in serious condition at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence.

They were among those injured Sunday when a clip at the top of the apparatus snapped, dropping them 20-feet to the ground. Officials haven't determined why that clip failed.

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The medical professionals treating the acrobats who fell during a circus performance in Rhode Island say two of the women have spinal cord injuries and that time will tell whether they will walk again.

Timothy Babineau, CEO of Rhode Island Hospital's parent company, said Wednesday the eight injured acrobats are determined to heal as quickly as possible and return to doing what they love.

Their neurosurgeon says two can feel their legs but have only limited movement. It may be a year or two before it's clear whether they'll heal completely and walk again.

Doctors say all of the acrobats will require physical therapy. The women want to undergo rehabilitation as a team.

The accident happened Sunday during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus performance in Providence.

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Investigators in Rhode Island say they have completed an initial investigation into a circus accident that sent eight acrobats hanging from their hair plummeting to the floor.

Providence fire investigator Paul Doughty (DOW'-tee) says they are turning evidence over to federal workplace safety investigators.

Doughty says that includes the three pieces of a broken carabiner clip that was one of several pieces at the top of a chandelier-like apparatus that suspended the performers during Sunday's performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus.

Doughty says they have narrowed down the cause of the broken clip to two possibilities: a manufacturing defect or improper use. He says it's up to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration to determine that.

The eight acrobats are still hospitalized.

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A circus accident in Rhode Island has sent 11 people to the hospital, including one in critical condition.

Nine performers were seriously hurt when a platform collapsed during an aerial hair-hanging stunt during the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus' Legends show in Providence. Several other people suffered minor injuries.

A spokesman for Feld Entertainment, the parent company of Ringling Brothers, says the accident happened during an act in which eight women hang "like a human chandelier" using their hair. He says the metal-frame apparatus the performers were hanging from came free from a metal truss. The women fell 25 to 40 feet, landing on a dancer on the ground.

Inspectors haven't yet determined what caused the accident.

Two shows scheduled for later today have been canceled.

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