PROVIDENCE, R.I. - One of the eight circus acrobats that fell approximately 20 feet to the ground during a hair hanging acts says she'll perform the stunt again.
Champaign native Samantha Pitard was released from the hospital Tuesday after receiving care for injuries sustained during a Sunday performance for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus. Pitard and seven other acrobats were performing as a "human chandelier," hanging by their hair from an apparatus. However, a clip at the top of the 350-pound apparatus snapped, dropping the acrobats to the ground, injuring them.
But Pitard tells The Associated Press: "you gotta get back up and do it again."
Pitard says her injuries are minor and include fractures to her spine, a cut on her head that required three stitches, and a badly bitten tongue.