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Ringling Bros Circus Performers Fall 35 Feet in Freak Accident

Circus performers have long been known for their hair-raising and death-defying feats. Yet nothing could’ve prepared a Rhode Island crowd for the events that unfolded Monday, May 5th. The Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey circus was dazzling crowds in Providence, Rhode Island at a mid-day performance. One of their featured attractions is a troupe of eight acrobatic women, being suspended by nothing more than their hair, in a configuration that looks like a beautiful chandelier. This is the kind of dangerous and one-of-a-kind act that Ringling Bros has made a name perfecting.

On Monday, the performers were suspended 35 feet in the air during their performance when the metal loop that holds the entire contraption in the air suddenly snapped, causing all eight women and the metal framing to plummet to the ground below. The entire and horrific scene was captured on video.

All eight of the performers and one additional performer were hospitalized and two victims were listed in critical condition. The performers sustained severe head, neck, and spinal cord injuries, as well as broken bones and lacerations. So far, 17 operations have been performed on the eight women. Miraculously, all victims are expected to survive their injuries, although it is unclear if any of them will return to the circus after the traumatic event.

Federal investigators and local police investigators are still trying to determine why the carabiner in the rigging malfunctioned and OSHA is investigating whether any workplace safety violations could have caused the horrific incident.

Florida is a popular hub for a variety of entertainment industries, including circuses, film and television crews, motorcycle rallies, plays and Broadway shows, concerts, and festivals. In addition, Florida is home to numerous amusement parks and theme parks offering their own blend of hair-raising and death-defying rides and thrills. Yet when things go wrong, the results are often catastrophic.

Victims who are injured in circus performances, stunt shows, rallies, festivals, or at theme parks often endure horrific injuries. When a roller coaster malfunctions or a motorcycle stunt goes awry, it often results in numerous individuals who are injured in the blink of an eye. When this occurs, you need a Fort Lauderdale personal injury law firm with the knowledge and resources necessary to tackle large, complex, and catastrophic injury accidents.

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