While injured acrobats recover, circus goes on in Hartford

HARTFORD, CT (NBC NEWS) – The show must go on and that includes after a tragic accident.

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus opened in Connecticut, Thursday night, just 4 days after 9 performers were injured when a hanging rig crashed to the ground.

When the ringmaster, Johnathan Lee Iverson, came out he thanked the crowd for their support. “As many of you might already know earlier this week Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey experienced an unfortunate accident that involved a number of our performers during our engagement in Rhode Island. We want to thank you all so very much for the overwhelming concern, your thoughts, and your prayers that you directed our way this week. We thank you for that.”

Iverson also gave an update on the injured performers. “We’d also like to report to you, thanks to our wonderful Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey crew, thanks to the wonderful first responders of Rhode Island, and the Rhode Island hospital, our young ladies are recovering; they’re in great spirits and they want us to let you know, and I quote, ‘They feel your prayers. They feel your thoughts. They feel your concerns. They are so grateful to you.’ Thank you so much on behalf of the greatest show on earth.”

Ringling brothers will be in Hartford through Sunday before moving on to New Jersey.

Two performers suffered spinal chord injuries, seven others have moderate to serious injuries.

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