Circus motorcycle crash evacuates Marietta
The circus finale ended abruptly when a motorcycle stalled in mid-air and crashed
Julie Wolfe, WXIA
May 22, 2014
MARIETTA, Ga-- The finale at the Shrine Circus in Marietta ended abruptly when a motorcycle malfunctioned and crashed.
Karen Webb was attending the Yaarb Shine Circus Wednesday night at Jim Miller park with her family. The show had entered the finale and included a stunt with two motorcycles jumping the center ring. "One of the two motorcycles crashed into the end of the landing ramp and fell to the ground," Webb said. "The ring master immediately requested assistance of a paramedic and told all in attendance this was not part of the show."
Richard Burke, Potentate of Yaarb Shrine, confirmed the crash with 11Alive's Julie Wolfe. Towards the end of the show, the two motorcycles took off on the ramp and were flying through the air towards the landing ramp when one of the motorcycles stalled. The performer hit the large, inflatable safety bags just up at the head of the ramp.
"It worked like it was supposed to work," Burke said, "And he did everything right, everything he was supposed to do."
Burke said there were paramedics on sight, and they responded within minutes. There was not an ambulance on site. One was called and transported the motorcyclist to the hospital. He was released after he was treated for two broken ribs.
The show runs through May 26th, and Burke said there will be no changes. There will be at least one motorcycle in the finale tonight. Originally, when the performer thought he only has bruised ribs, he was hoping to return before the show ended. Since he was diagnosed with broken bones, that won't happen.