Dozens rescued from Blackpool rollercoaster

Author: By Pat Hurst, Press Association

Two cars on the Big Dipper on Blackpool’s South Shore crashed together and
came to rest 20 feet off the ground.

A number of passengers on the ride suffered superficial injuries, whiplash,
broken bones and back injuries.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said around 32 people were evacuated from
the ride using assorted stretchers, spine boards and neck collars and
brought to safety by a specialist rope rescue team.

A spokesman for the service said the 32 “walking wounded” were then ferried to
hospital by the ambulance service.

The Health and Safety Executive is investigating what caused the crash which
happened at around 7.45pm.

The Big Dipper is a wooden roller coaster that opened in 1923 and has a
maximum speed of 35mph.

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