UPDATE: At least 3 critically injured in circus accident

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
The incident happened about an hour and a half into a performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Sydney Bragg tweeted this photo on May 4,2014, "There was an accident at the circus during an act and snapped the performers necks. I'm like skaking and frightened." (Sydney Bragg)

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — At least three performers remain in critical condition following a circus accident that occurred in front of an audience full of children.

A support frame collapsed Sunday during the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey "Legends" show in Providence, Rhode Island.

The accident occurred during an act in which the circus says eight performers hang "like a human chandelier" using their hair.

A Rhode Island Hospital official says three performers were in critical condition Monday morning. Two were listed in serious condition, while three were listed in good condition.

The names and conditions of three others injured in the accident haven't been released.

The circus canceled two shows scheduled for Sunday and two more scheduled for Monday.

A public safety official in Rhode Island says investigators looking into what happened have found that a clamp snapped.

Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare told WPRO-AM on Monday that the clamp that held the performers to the rafters failed.

He says federal workplace safety investigators are focusing on why it failed.

Several people on the ground were also injured when the performers fell 25 to 40 feet to the ground during a Sunday performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus.


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