Circus mishap lands stuntman, clown in hospital - WNEM TV 5

Circus mishap lands stuntman, clown in hospital

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

A daredevil driver and local Shriner were injured when a motorcycle stunt went terribly wrong during the final Shrine Circus show in Saginaw on Sunday.

Officials say driver Josh Hadford was attempting to cross through Wendler Arena in the air when a low guide wire sent Hadford and his motocross bike crashing 25 feet to the floor.  

"He looked like he was going to do a flip or something, but he kept straight up and hit a wire," a circus-goer told TV5. "He came straight down and hit a clown on the way."

Instantly after the fall, the ringmaster announced, "I need a doctor immediately. This is not part of the performance."

Hadford says he has a broken leg, wrist, elbow and shoulder.

The 20-year-old from the Upper Peninsula spoke to The Associated Press before surgery Monday. He says someone failed to lower or remove the cable before the ride.

Shriner Al Basner was on the floor at the time of the incident and was hit in the face by a flying cable.

Circus director Craig Hatch says "everyone was in shock."

Both circus performers were taken to a local hospital and are expected to be OK.

Hadford plans to resume his daredevil stunts. He says, "It's all I do."

Click the video player above to watch the whole incident unfold -- may not be suitable for all ages. Video was captured by WNEM TV5 viewer Jeremy Swift.

Copyright 2012 WNEM (Meredith Corporation.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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