Circus: Hurt acrobat’s condition upgraded to fair

Paramedics tend to the circus performers injured during the 11 a.m. show of Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus. Joe Ponte via ReportIt/ WPRI

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A spokesman for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus says an acrobat injured in an accident at a Rhode Island show has been upgraded to fair condition while three others remain in serious condition.

Feld Entertainment spokesman Stephen Payne said at a news conference in Hartford on Thursday that federal health and safety inspectors and circus officials do not have a definitive cause for the aerial accident on Sunday that sent eight acrobats plummeting to the ground.

The circus opens in Hartford on Thursday night and runs through the weekend.

The “human chandelier” stunt, in which performers hang by their hair from a suspended apparatus, won’t be performed.

Circus ringmaster Jonathan Lee Iverson says first responders in Providence “may have saved a life or two.”

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