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UPDATED 4:26 p.m.

The show will go on.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will return to the ring Thursday for its first show since an accident sent nine performers to the hospital.

“I know all of our performers are looking forward to having a smiling audience in those seats this evening,” said Steve Payne, circus spokesman. 

On Sunday, during a show in Providence, Rhode Island, eight performers plummeted to the ground when a hair-hang apparatus — which holds performers by their hair — failed. Another performer was injured on the ground.

UPDATED: Officials have updated those injured in this awful accident.

Nine Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus performers were among 11 people injured Sunday in Providence, Rhode Island, after an apparatus used in their act failed, circus spokesman Stephen Payne said.

RHODE ISLAND – Nine Barnum and Bailey circus performers were injured Sunday in Providence, Rhode Island, after an apparatus used in their act failed, circus spokesman Stephen Payne said.

Eight of the performers fell when the hair-hang apparatus — which holds performers by their hair — failed, Payne added. One performer was injured on the ground, he said.

There were no details on the severity of the injuries, the spokesman said.

Multiple emergency units responded to the accident at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Fast-forward to 4:00 minutes to see the incident. (The video was captured on a smartphone)

You can also view the video here.