Ipswich circus crash victims are ‘stable and receiving care’

The scene at Uncle Sam's American Circus in Chantry Park after the incident

The scene at Uncle Sam's American Circus in Chantry Park after the incident - Credit: Archant

Two motorcycle riders who collided during a “death-defying” circus stunt are on the road to recovery.

The crash happened at Uncle Sam’s Great American Circus at Chantry Park on Monday in front of a packed crowd. A message posted on the circus’s Facebook page today said: “We are dealing with stitches, a few broken bones and lots of bruising and swelling but both riders are stable and receiving great care.

“They, of course, are handling everything like true circus pros and are already talking about how soon they can get back to work!”

It added thanks to the emergency services in Ipswich and staff at Ipswich Hospital for their “wonderful work so far”.

The accident, which happened in the wall of death-style spectacle, called the Thunderball, will now be investigated by safety officers from Ipswich Borough Council.

The Thunderball sees motorcyclists use centrifugal force to send themselves spinning around the inside of a cage. The riders crashed into each other at the top of the sphere.