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Botched Ringling Bros. Stunt: 'We Just Heard the Girls Scream'

Nine performers were seriously hurt during a during a "human chandelier" stunt in Providence on Sunday.

A shot of the "human chandelier" stunt in Providence Sunday moments before eight acrobats plummeted to the ground. Jonathan May via YouTube
A shot of the "human chandelier" stunt in Providence Sunday moments before eight acrobats plummeted to the ground. Jonathan May via YouTube

The audience for a Ringling Bros. performance in Providence Sunday described the horrifying moment when eight acrobats fell from as high as 40 feet during a botched stunt.

"Everyone was freaking out," said 14-year-old Sydney Bragg, of North Kingstown. "We heard this huge clatter and then we just heard the girls scream."

Three of the performers were critically injured, according to the Boston Herald. All were expected to survive. In addition to the eight acrobats, a performer on the ground was hurt.

The mishap occurred during a "human chandelier" stunt where the performers hang from their hair from a suspended apparatus. Authorities said a clamp snapped and sent the women plummeting to the ground.

Below is a list of the injured performers and their condition:
  • Dayana Costa (critical)
  • Julissa Segrera (critical)
  • Stefany Neves (critical)
  • Viktoriya Medeiros (serious)
  • Viktorila Liakhova (serious)
  • Samantha Pitard (good)
  • Svitlana Balanicheva (good)
  • Widny Nevas (good)

Three other victims had not yet been identified as of Monday morning.

"They've used this act many times," Pare told WPRO-AM. "Unfortunately this particular clamp failed ... We have it, we're analyzing it, we're seeing why it happened to ensure it doesn't happen in the future."

The Shill May 05, 2014 at 12:45 PM
The condition of the people is not important the big question should be were any elephants mistreated?
Leave RI May 05, 2014 at 02:45 PM
LMBO!
JD May 05, 2014 at 01:02 PM
Why should people matter more than any other animal on earth when we're the only species destroying it?
Leave RI May 05, 2014 at 02:46 PM
You..out of the gene pool!!
Crystal Levenseller-Small May 07, 2014 at 03:14 AM
It's what they choose to do as a job......no one forces them to do this !!!!!

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