November 22, 2014
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has opened an eight-show run in Connecticut, while seven acrobats remain in a Rhode Island hospital after an accident during a performance there Sunday.
The circus runs in Hartford through the weekend. The "human chandelier" stunt, in which performers hang by their hair from a suspended apparatus, won't be performed.
Two of the acrobats injured in the accident have been upgraded to fair condition. Two others remain in serious condition, while three have requested that information on their conditions not be released. One of the acrobats was released from the hospital.
Feld Entertainment spokesman Stephen Payne says that federal health and safety inspectors and circus officials do not have a definitive cause for the accident that sent eight acrobats plummeting to the ground.
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