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Circus Performers Sent To Hospital After Equipment Failure During Performance

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NBC RIGHT NOW-- Investigators are trying to figure out what caused an accident during a circus show in Rhode Island that injured several performers.

Nine performers are in the hospital after a platform collapsed during a Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus legends show in Providence, Rhode Island Sunday afternoon.

Eight women were performing a human chandelier, hanging only by their hair, when it happened.  The platform they were hanging from collapsed and the performers fell more than 25 feet, injuring another performer on the ground.

On Monday the Occupational Safety and Health Administration joined in to help providence public safety commissioners investigate, but it is still unknown exactly what happened.

"Within the next 24 hours, I believe that with the help of OSHA, the state and local officials will have a good idea of what failed," said Larry Lapore who is the general manager of Dunkin’ Donuts Center where the performance took place.

Three people are in critical condition right now.

All nine suffered serious injuries mostly broken bones, some required surgery.

Two more Sunday shows were canceled. Monday’s shows were approved, but without the high wire acts.

The circus is considering flying their families in from Ukraine, Brazil and Bulgaria.

This is not the first time something like this happened during Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey performance.  According to the Associated Press an aerial performer fell 30-feet to her death during an act about 10 years ago.
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