All of those injured during a circus performance Sunday in Providence, Rhode Island are reportedly recovering from their injuries.
The Ringling Brothers circus accident occurred when a circular metal platform suddenly fell from the rigging, causing the eight performers who were suspended from it by their hall to fall 35 feet to the ground. A dancer who was on the ground sustained minor cuts.
News sources say all of those who fell suffered broken bones and that one woman was hospitalized in critical condition with internal bleeding.
The incident occurred in front of a horrified audience, during what was described as a “daredevil hair-hanging act.”
OSHA is heading up the investigation into the accident; local police and public safety officials are also involved. Early efforts are focusing on a broken clamp which attached the "human chandeleir" to the rafters at Dunkin' Doughnuts Providence Center.
The performers were working without a safety net.
Officials said all aerial acts were canceled until the safety of performers could be assurred.
Feld Entertainment, the parent company of Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey, canceled several subsequent performances of the circus.