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An injured female performer is lifted onto a stretcher after a platform collapsed during an aerial hair-hanging stunt at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Sunday, May 4, 2014, in Providence, R.I. (Credit: AP / Bob Breidenbach)

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Ringling Bros. circus accident in Providence, R.I.

A platform collapsed during an aerial hair-hanging stunt at a circus performance in Providence, Rhode Island, on Sunday, May 4, 2014, sending eight acrobats plummeting to the ground. Nine performers were seriously injured in the fall, including a dancer below, while an unknown number of others suffered less serious injuries.

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