Acrobats fall in accident at Rhode Island circus

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An eyewitness says a number of acrobats performing an aerial stunt at a circus in Rhode Island have fallen to the ground.

Several fire department rescue units were at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence where Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performed Sunday.

Othello Smith of Providence and his family left the building shortly after the accident. He told the Providence Journal that the performers were doing an aerial act, spinning on ropes or cables, and dropped.

He says about eight performers were involved. The number of injuries is unclear.

The circus arrived in town on Friday and had performances scheduled through Monday.