Authorities are investigating what caused a platform to collapse Sunday during a circus performance in Providence, R.I., seriously injuring nine performers. The accident was reported about 45 minutes into the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus' 11 a.m. Legends show at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.

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The accident happened during an act in which eight performers hang "like a human chandelier" using their hair, said a Feld Entertainment spokesman. The terrifying accident was caught on tape by many of those in attendance.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck, a Providence native, spoke to a couple who was there with their two children.

It was a traumatic experience for the kids at the circus, including Brittany Drane's son.

"My four-year-old just kept saying, 'Mommy, I hope the pretty girls are OK. I hope the rest of the ceiling doesn't fall on them.' The whole ride home he just didn't understand why we couldn't stay and to the extent of how hurt they actually were," said Drane, adding her son is still asking about the incident.

Keith Brosnan said he was "surprised" to see people immediately seeking refunds, seemingly not concerned with the people who "almost died."

Drane said she'd like to bring her son to another performance because she doesn't want this to be his lasting memory of the circus.

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