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Tumble From Tightrope Injures 5, Including Wallendas

Tumble From Tightrope Injures 5, Including Wallendas
Posted at 5:49 AM, Feb 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-09 00:51:37-05

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - It was supposed to be the headline act for Circus Sarasota: a high-wire pyramid some 30 feet in the air.

But during practice Wednesday - two days before the show's opening - an accident befell the eight performers. According to authorities, five lost their balance and tumbled to the ground.

The stunt involved famed tightrope walker Nik Wallenda. Officials said he wasn't among the injured.

Sarasota Fire-Rescue spokesman Drew Winchester said the group fell 30 or more feet, and four of the injured suffered trauma. Three were brought to one hospital and the other two, to other hospitals.

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