Ringling Bros. operators write letter to Providence after circus accident
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (MyFoxBoston.com/AP) -- The group that operates the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus sent a letter of thanks to the city of Providence Friday after an accident injured 9 of their performers earlier this week.
Feld Entertainment thanked the city for their "overwhelming care and positive energy" following the accident that occurred Sunday during a performance at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.
"We want to commend the first responders who took care of our performers in the immediate aftermath, and who performed like the true super heroes that they are," said the letter in-part. "The medical teams and all of the staff at Rhode Island Hospital have been, and continue to be, incredible.It’s comforting to know our performers are in such good hands as they make strides toward their recovery."
The circus opened in Hartford Thursday for the first time since the accident.
"Our young ladies are recovering, they're in great spirits," said Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson as the crowd roared with approval. "They want us to let you know, and I quote, they feel your prayers, they feel your thoughts, they feel your concerns."
The women were injured during a stunt Sunday in Providence in which they hung by their hair from a frame as a "human chandelier." A clip securing the frame to the rafters snapped, sending them plummeting about 20 feet to the ground.
During a news conference earlier Thursday, circus spokesman Stephen Payne said federal health and safety inspectors and circus officials have not identified why that clip failed.
Seven acrobats remain hospitalized, two in serious condition. The others are in fair conditions and and three have asked that their medical conditions not be made public. One of the injured acrobats was released Tuesday. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ THE FULL LETTER:
To the people of Providence, Rhode Island,
From the bottom of our hearts, all of us at Feld Entertainment® want to thank you for the overwhelming care and positive energy you’ve focused on our circus family in the days following the unfortunate accident that occurred during a performance of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents LEGENDSSM this past Sunday afternoon. We are deeply touched by the kind thoughts that have been shared.
We want to commend the first responders who took care of our performers in the immediate aftermath, and who performed like the true super heroes that they are.The medical teams and all of the staff at Rhode Island Hospital have been, and continue to be, incredible.It’s comforting to know our performers are in such good hands as they make strides toward their recovery. Much gratitude also goes to the personnel at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, especially General Manager Larry Lepore, who went above and beyond the call of duty and exemplified the meaning of a true partnership.
Feld Entertainment events visit Providence several times a year, and we have a long history within the community.Now more than ever, Providence will hold a special place in our hearts.We deeply appreciate your continued thoughts, prayers and support, and we look forward to bringing Ringling Bros. and Barnum &Bailey back to Providence next year and for many years to come.