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Stunt driver involved in circus accident speaks to ABC12

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(02/07/12) - The stunt driver involved in a circus accident seen around the world gave his first on-camera interview to ABC12 on Tuesday.

Twenty-year-old Josh Headford was hurt Sunday night during the final act of the Shrine Circus at the Dow Event Center in Saginaw.

His bike hit a wire that was in the wrong place, and he fell 25 feet.

He had surgery Monday, and Tuesday he spoke about the accident.

Headford says he has been riding motocross bikes at circuses and events for two and a half years, has done this stunt countless times, and had done it about nine times during the circus run in Saginaw, but then, "I just went and I jumped. As soon as I jumped I saw the cable coming at me, and I remember hitting the cable and I'm a hundred percent that's when I broke my femur because it was like hitting a brick wall," Headford said.

Headford spoke to us while he recovered from his injuries at Covenant Healthcare in Saginaw.

He is originally from Florida, but now lives in Helps, Michigan, in the Upper Peninsula.

His list of injuries from the fall includes a broken femur, a broken wrist, a fractured elbow and a few scraps and bruises.

What caught his attention on the way down was the ramp that he was supposed to land on, with, of course, the bike.

"I thought I was going to be hitting the back of that metal landing...and that's how I thought I was going to be going out," he said.

He describes hitting the ground, which he says was just a few inches of plastic covering the Dow Event Center ice.

"I really thought I was going to die," he said. "At that point, I was flying through the air, I just closed my eyes and said 'OK,' and hit the ground, and I was still breathing, like I wasn't breathing at first, the wind was knocked out of me, and I thought I broke my back. I could tell my leg was broke, I thought my hip might have just popped out a little bit, but then they ended pulling off my boots and felt it move, and then I said 'yeah it's broke."

When he could breathe, he asked a friend for a cell phone and called a family member. "Dude, I just hit a cable, I'm on the ground," he said.

He hopes he can jump back on a motocross bike in two months, and do the same stunt, but he might be a little leery about doing the stunt at a circus. In the meantime, he most likely will remain at Covenant Healthcare in Saginaw for a few more days, happy to show people the video of the accident that put him in the hospital.

"Pretty intense, watching it. I keep showing everyone that comes in too, 'hey, you want to see what happened to me?'"

Al Basner, another circus performer, was also injured, when that wire hit him in the face. Circus officials says he is doing OK.

The investigation by circus management about how that wire was in the wrong place continues.

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