2 injured in circus stunt gone wrong upgraded

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Photo - In this photo provided by Rosa Viveiros, first responders work at the center ring after a platform collapsed during an aerial hair-hanging stunt at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, Sunday, May 4, 2014, in Providence, R.I. At least nine performers were seriously injured in the fall, including a dancer below, while an unknown number of others suffered minor injuries. (AP Photo/Rosa Viveiros) MANDATORY CREDIT
In this photo provided by Rosa Viveiros, first responders work at the center ring after a platform collapsed during an aerial hair-hanging stunt at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, Sunday, May 4, 2014, in Providence, R.I. At least nine performers were seriously injured in the fall, including a dancer below, while an unknown number of others suffered minor injuries. (AP Photo/Rosa Viveiros) MANDATORY CREDIT
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two of the aerial acrobats injured when they plummeted to the ground in a Rhode Island circus accident have been upgraded from critical to serious condition.

The women suffered injuries including a pierced liver and neck and back fractures. All eight of the victims were listed in either serious or good condition at Rhode Island Hospital Monday night.

A Rhode Island public safety official says a snapped carabiner is the only piece of equipment investigators have found that failed in the accident.

Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare stopped short of saying the broken clip was the cause of Sunday's accident at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus. Pare says they still don't know why it snapped.

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