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Ringling Bros. Circus

High Wire Accident

Multiple Performers Reportedly Injured

5/4/2014 11:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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A "Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus" stunt went horribly wrong Sunday in Rhode Island when a high wire snapped ... sending multiple performers crashing to the ground ... and the frightening accident was caught on video.

The performers were about to begin an aerial stunt in front of a packed house ... when the wire snapped, and several people fell about 30 feet.

11 people were transported to the hospital -- 9 were Ringling Bros. employees -- and according to reports, one person is in critical condition. 

Moments after the crash, emergency responders raced to help the injured -- and the lights were dimmed to keep the children in the audience from seeing the terrifying scene.

A rep for the Ringling Bros. says they're working with police to investigate the incident ... but they believe the accident was caused by an apparatus failing that holds performers by the hair.

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1.

PhoenixFuller    

Terrible intro... May they all heal and recover quickly.

136 days ago
2.

BLUE UGLY 💩    

Karma for all those animals they abuse

136 days ago
3.

Jen    

Disgusting that people still support this awful display of animal cruelty.

136 days ago
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01void    

Wish the best for them

136 days ago
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franklyspeaking    

How do you erase that from a child's mind. WTF Greatest show my azz

136 days ago
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whitegurlhitter    

New artist alert dude is nice reverbnation.com/ihearmusic

136 days ago
7.

Ron    

Cool

136 days ago
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Ace    

It happened at the Dunkin Donuts Center......they got dunked.

136 days ago
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Hera    

'suspended only by a string.' *thud

136 days ago
10.

sfrandiver    

Hope they get better soon. Could everyone learn when you film video turn the phone sideways.

136 days ago
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Padrino    

Tickets$90 Popcorn and drinks$32.50 Silly flashy light toy $16 memories that will last children a lifetime...Pricless

136 days ago
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Teresa andrews    

Awful. I hope they're all OK.

136 days ago
13.

DarkAlly    

sreggin and stiletto are those ANNOYING, STUPID LOSERS that feel the need to turn EVERYTHING political whether it is or (in this case) NOT!!!!!! Those two LOSERS have SUCH LOW IQs that they can't think outside one area!!!! SO SAD AND PATHETIC!!!!! YOU ARE A COUPLE OF VERY SAD, STUPID BITCHES!!!!!!!!!

136 days ago
14.

boo boo    

Should have watched the fight on ppv instead: you get the circus your kids love and only the dudes in the boxing ring get hurt. Plus Beaver and Weezy are the clowns!

136 days ago
15.

suzanoc    

Karma for all those animals they abuse & cage

136 days ago
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