Circus performer exits hospital after 20-foot fall

June 12, 2011 - 1:58 PM

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A Ringling Bros. Circus performer has been released from a hospital after falling 20 feet before a Colorado Springs crowd.

Production manager for the Ringling Bros. circus Chantal Stringer tells the Colorado Springs Gazette the performer suffered minor hip and wrist bruises and will miss the remaining shows in Colorado Springs. The performer was carted out of the World Arena during an intermission at the circus Saturday.

The performer's name has not been released.

Stinger says the performer was outside of a wheel that rotates on an axis preparing for an act when he plunged onto what circus-goer John Flores described as a thin piece of padding. No wheel act will be in Sunday's performances.

The cause of the fall is under investigation.

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Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com