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WORCESTER, Mass. (AP)--Seven cars of a mile-long circus train derailed Tuesday, but no one was hurt.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus said the derailment happened around 4 a.m. just outside Worcester. The train, carrying 230 people and 40 animals including elephants and tigers, was traveling from Philadelphia to Providence, R.I.
Forty-eight unaffected train cars were reconfigured to carry the displaced workers and animals, and the circus arrived in Providence by midmorning.
The cause of the derailment has not been determined, circus officials said.
The circus is scheduled to open Wednesday at the Providence Civic Center. Circus spokeswoman Katherine Kerley said that the animals would be ready to perform then.
``Our handlers are on the cars with them,'' Kerley said ``They are there to calm them down and make sure they're not spooked or anything.''
The circus' four-legged star, Bo the elephant, was not on the train since he travels in a separate vehicle.
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