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Circus Acrobat Willing to Do Hair-Hanging Again

WGIL Newsroom . National News, State News 137

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — One of eight circus acrobats who plunged about 20 feet to the ground during a hair-hanging act says she’ll perform the stunt again.

Twenty-three-year-old Samantha Pitard was released from a hospital Tuesday. The native of Champaign, Illinois and seven other acrobats were performing as a “human chandelier,” hanging from an apparatus by their hair during a Sunday performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus. They were injured when a clip at the top of the 350-pound chandelier-like apparatus snapped, dropping them to the ground.

But Pitard tells The Associated Press: “you gotta get back up and do it again.”

She has says her injuries were minor and include fractures to her spine, a cut on her head that required three stitches and a badly bitten tongue.

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