Ringling Bros. Following Accident: The Show Must Go On

The Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus’ Legends show will go on following an accident during their May 4 show at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I., that left nine performers injured.

Performances over the weekend and on Monday were cancelled, but the show will continue beginning with its next performance in Hartford, CT, Tuesday, the show’s parent company Feld Entertainment said in a public statement.

Rhode Island public safety officials said Monday the accident, which occurred during the show’s hair hang act, was due to a metal carabiner that broke causing the apparatus and the women attached to it to fall.

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“It has been determined that a carabiner in the rigging failed, however we do not know at this point why,” according to a written statement made Monday by Feld Entertainment. “We will continue to inspect all of our equipment on our touring shows, and we are replacing every carabiner on this unit before the next performance.”

The hair hanging act will not be performed at the upcoming shows, the company said. All aerial shows during the act will receive a full saftey inspection.

Feld Entertainment is a family-owned live entertainment production company based in Palmetto, Florida.

The performers, eight women and one man, were conscious when they were transported to a nearby hospital. The man has since been released. The eight women remain hospitalized.

Fox 25 reporter John Monahan tweeted a photo of the show’s official train that is used to transport cast members for their show tour. According to Monahan, the circus train is about 60 cars long, and crews are now preparing the train for its Connecticut departure.

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