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Failed Clamp Causes Circus Accident

Nine performers were horrifically injured in a circus accident in Rhode Island. The performers, touring with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, were part of a “human chandelier” routine in which they dangle from the ceiling by their hair. As the routine began, the rig holding performers approximately 30 feet above the ground snapped.

Investigators determined a single piece of equipment failed, causing the accident. A steel caribiner, also known as a D-ring, snapped, causing the rig to plummet to the ground. Investigators are looking into what caused the D-ring to snap. The D-ring was rated for about 10,000 pounds, and the weight of the performers and the rig that fell was about 1,500 pounds.

The show ended with the accident, and Ringling Bros. confirmed the following women were transported to Rhode Island Hospital: Viktoriya Medeiros, Widny Neves, Samantha Pitard, Viktorila Liakhova, Dayana Costa, Julissa Segrera, Stefany Neves and Svitlana Balanicheva.

According to the Providence Public Safety Commission released a statement indicating the circus had all necessary permits and was solely responsible for the setup and rigging of the show.

The routine, known as “The Medeiros Hang-Hang Act,” had been part of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus show since February.

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RFTM wishes a speedy recovery to all those injured in this accident. Our firm has resolved many injury cases involving falls and faulty rigs. If you have been injured in an accident and would like to discuss a potential case, please contact us for a free consultation.