Freak Injury on Grand National Roller Coaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

October 29, 2014, 9:48 AM

Ben Mills emailed me a link to this report: Rollercoaster horror injury (at Blackpool Pleasure Beach).

A man has been left fighting for his life in hospital after being paralysed in a freak injury on a ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Robert Sycamore, 58, is being kept alive by a life support machine at the Royal Preston Hospital after he broke his neck while riding on the Grand National.

Mr Sycamore, who was known to suffer from spondylitis, inflammation of the vertebrae in the back, was visiting the resort with his family when he took his great-nephew on their first ride of the day at the park. But he was unable to get out of the train and had to be cut free by firefighters.

What a horrible tragedy. Obviously, we all wish for the best for this man and his family.

At the same time, let's take this as one more reminder to, please, follow all safety warnings and instructions when visiting a theme or amusement park. Those warnings about heart, neck, and back conditions are there for reasons such as this. No one involved with or following this industry wants to see anyone hurt from a theme park ride

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Edited: October 30, 2014, 5:45 PM

Damn, thats a real shame, what a horrible thing to happen.

But.. that ride isn't exactly smooth (its an old - very old - woodie coaster), if he has a back condition ,thats one ride he definitely should not have been on.

This aside, if you like old wooden coasters and old classic rides, finding the time to get to Blackpool is defiantly worth it.

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