Safety measures taken as circus opens Thursday night

HARTFORD, Conn. (WWLP-AP) — The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has taken additional safety precautions ahead of Thursday night’s performance in Hartford; the first since an accident sent eight acrobats plummeting to the ground in Rhode Island.

The “Legends” show opens in Hartford Thursday night runs through the weekend.

During a news conference at the XL Center Thursday afternoon, a circus spokesperson said that they have replaced all caribeeners that are being used in the performance. Officials believe that the failure of a caribeener clip caused the suspended frame holding eight performers to fall.

Those acrobats were performing a “human chandelier” stunt, in which they hung by their hair from the frame. That act will not be performed in Hartford.

Acrobats Dayana Costa, Julissa Segrera, and Stefany Neves, remain in serious condition at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence.

Officials have not determined what caused the clip to fail. The circus says they are cooperating with OSHA in their investigation into what happened.

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