Transcript for Cirque Du Soleil Acrobat Falls from 'Wheel of Death'
THIS ONE AT CIRQUE du SOLEIL. A cast member slipped and fell on the wheel of death. It's called the wheel of death. It almost earned its name. Man that fell from the weal remains in the hospital. The timing couldn't be much worse. It's called the wheel of death. THIS MORNING, ONE CIRQUE du Soleil performer is lucky to be alive after falling from this double-wheeled contraption. Sources tell abc news junior espinosa is in stable condi after slipping off the wheel on friday night. CIRQUE du SOLEIL WOULD NOT Confirm his identity but told abc news the show was halted and the artist transported to university medical center. In 2011, lara spencer got a rare behind the scenes look at the wheel of death. This camera shows the point of view of the performer as they swing without harness. The accident comes four day AFTER THE OSHA FINED CIRQUE du Soleil more than $25,000 in safety violations. This after a performer died last june. Her body seemed out of control. She was grabbing at the air. Reporter: Cirque du soleil is appealing the osha ruling. The routines are practiced and perfected. We all have huge safety routines we go through. The artists, the riggers, the staff. There are so many safety measures in place. Reporter: This morning, the wheel of death has stopped spinning until the injured performer can return to the stage. He's lucky to be alive. Expected to be out of the hospital in days. Will he ever step foot on the wheel of death again? That remains to be seen. I'm sure you have feelings about the wheel of death. I would never. To many of the performers, this is their life. Gotta watch the weather now. The tropical storm downgraded.
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