Up to twenty circus performers were injured Sunday when an apparatus holding a team of hair-hanging acrobats snapped. The “human chandelier” fell approximately forty feet to the ground, with some women hanging upside down at the time of the accident.
The devastating circus accident occurred in Providence, Rhode Island during a performance by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. According to circus publicity materials, The Medeiros Hair Hang Act features eight female performers who spin, hang and roll down wrapped silks while being suspended 35 feet in the air by their hair alone.
According to a spokesman for the parent company of Ringing Bros., the metal-frame apparatus from which the women were hanging came loose from the metal truss it was connected to. In addition to the performers in the air, several circus members on the ground were also injured in the crash. Eight performers in total remained in the hospital overnight Sunday. Their injuries were non-life-threatening.
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