Two cars on the Big Dipper crashed into each other — 20ft in the air — just before 8pm last night and more than 30 people had to be lifted to safety by specialist firefighter teams. Paramedics took 21 people to Blackpool Victoria Hospital — three with serious injuries, including a teenage boy. Firefighters used stretchers, spine boards and neck collars to rescue the 32 people from the ride.
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As the local expert, I do try to keep an impartial view. Today, however, my family was involved in something that can only be described as a parent's nightmare come true. We had just been riding on the Gold Mine a popular ride suitable for all ages except for babies and my husband, who was sitting behind us, got off the carriage and started to walk to the exit.
The famous wooden Roller Coaster attraction at Blackpool Pleasure Beach has seemingly been permanently closed by the park. The classic coaster, which opened inhas been maintained for the last few years but has only opened on infrequent occasions. It has now been removed from park maps altogether, suggesting that it will not reopen.
Space Invader opened on 21 Augustand was Blackpool Pleasure Beach's fourth steel roller coaster. The ride itself was constructed by Zierera German ride manufacturer. The original ride was similar to the ride as it is today.
The park was founded in and has been owned and operated by the Thompson family since its inception. It is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the United Kingdom, and one of the top twenty most visited amusement parks in the world, with a peak estimate of 5. The park is host to many records, including the largest number of roller coasters of any park in the United Kingdom with ten, of which four are wooden: the Big DipperBlue FlyerGrand National and Nickelodeon Streak.
By Claire Carter for MailOnline. A father is being kept alive on a life support machine after a freak accident on a theme park ride left him paralysed. Mr Sycamore had taken his great-nephew on his first ride of the day when Harry Parlour, 13, came back screaming.
Robert Sycamore, 58, suddenly slumped in his seat while riding the 50mph Grand National ride with his great-nephew Harry Parlour, A man has been paralysed after breaking his neck in a freak funfair accident at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Robert Sycamore, 58, was injured while riding on a 50mph roller coaster and is now on a life support machine. Firefighters had to free him from the ride and he was rushed to the Royal Preston Hospital.