May 5th, 2014
05:52 AM ET

9 Performers Injured in Circus Accident

Nine performers were injured Sunday in Providence, Rhode Island, said Steve Payne, spokesman for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Eight performers fell when the hair-hang apparatus – which holds performers by their hair – failed, Payne said. Another performer was injured on the ground, he added.

Officials said the performers fell from between 25 to 35 feet and many of those injured suffered broken bones, and no spectators were hurt.

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