A 58-year-old man rode the Blackpool coaster as his first ride of the day while enjoying time at the amusement park with his great-nephew, who was his coaster partner. Within a few seconds of the ride ending it was very apparent that something went very wrong as Robert Sycamore’s face was changing color and he couldn’t move or hold his head up, reports Sports Act News on Oct. 29.
It took several firefighters to cut Sycamore out of the coaster car as his body looked as if he was melting into the floor of the car from lack of being able to move his muscles. Sycamore’s nephew got off the ride once realizing something was wrong with his great-uncle and he rushed to the rest of the family screaming that something was wrong his great-uncle Rob, reports the boy’s father and Sycamore’s nephew, Darren Parlour.
Sycamore’s “ear was on his shoulder and he was totally blue and black,” said Parlour. He also said that his uncle is a “big bloke and he was down in the footwell of the carriage.” The man’s neck snapped and when that happened the muscles collapsed and he couldn’t move. It was a scary situation for all involved.
Parlour climbed into the coaster car and held his uncle’s head so it didn’t move until the emergency services arrived. He sang praises to the first responders who took wonderful care of his uncle while trying to extract him off of the coaster.
The family is devastated over this freak accident and they still have no idea what happened to make Sycamore’s neck break. The family does not blame anyone for this accident they are just at a loss at how this could have happened, reports The Spreadit today.
The surgeon who is attending to him at an area hospital said they are taking it one day at a time. “We don’t know if he hit his head – only time will tell,” said the surgeon. While Sycamore is in the hospital his entire family is making the
700-mile round trip from their homes in Norwich and Ipswich.
Sycamore lives in Ipswich with his wife. He is in the Blackpool Victoria Hospital near the park where the accident occurred so the family has no choice but to make the round trip to be with their injured family member as he fights for his life.
The park has since done a complete inspection of the wooden Grand National Roller Coaster that reaches 50 mph on one of the drops. They have found that there is nothing wrong with the ride.
For today Sycamore is in critical condition with a broken neck in the hospital and the doctors feel it is too soon to offer up a prognosis on his case.