Boy falls from Excalibur spin ride at Camelot

Posted Wednesday, August 24, 2011 1:17 PM | Contributed by Rick_UK

A 12-year-old boy with special needs is in hospital after plunging 30ft from a theme park ride. The unnamed child fell from the Excalibur 2 ride at the Camelot Theme Park in Chorley. The incident occurred at 1pm yesterday and the boy was airlifted to Wigan Royal Infirmary.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 3:31 PM

Interesting looking ride..never saw it before. Kind of a hybrid of an Enterprise, UFO, and MaxAir. I'd ride it, no doubt.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 4:22 PM

^Mike, I think that's the same ride that SF moved from GAdv, where it ran *occasionally* as Evolution, to the St Louis park (where it's now named Excalibur).

edit: Cool park, impossible to find, but they do have the world's only gasoline-powered coaster, AFAIK.

Last edited by rollergator, Wednesday, August 24, 2011 4:23 PM
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 4:28 PM

I think you're right, Gator.

For the record:

Xcalibur

Evolution

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 4:33 PM

rollergator said:
^Mike, I think that's the same ride that SF moved from GAdv, where it ran *occasionally* as Evolution, to the St Louis park (where it's now named Excalibur).

It didn't look like GA's to me, but that's probably because I never saw that one in motion...:(

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 5:04 PM

^I said "occasionally". ;)

For the record, I never got to ride Jump or Evolution at GAdv. Finally got Evolution at SFStL - eventually got on a Jump at Puyallup (and Jump2 at Canada's Wonderful-Land).

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 9:57 PM

Is that a Huss ride?

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Thursday, August 25, 2011 6:52 AM

No, Fabbri. I just can't begin to understand how this happened.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011 9:37 AM

rollergator said:
^I said "occasionally". ;)

For the record, I never got to ride Jump or Evolution at GAdv. Finally got Evolution at SFStL - eventually got on a Jump at Puyallup (and Jump2 at Canada's Wonderful-Land).

I've been trying to find a pic of a Jump. Can anyone help?

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Thursday, August 25, 2011 10:01 AM

Let me Flat Ride that for you.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011 10:05 AM

Also, Great Adventure History

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Thursday, August 25, 2011 11:04 AM

rollergator said:
For the record, I never got to ride Jump or Evolution at GAdv.

Honestly anyone who actually got to ride Jumpin Jack Flash at SFGAdv should get a trophy or medal because it was closed far more often than it was ever open. That goes for the majority of the "War on Lines" flats that were installed in 1999.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011 11:31 AM

Which truly is a pity, since both rides look awesome!

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Thursday, August 25, 2011 12:11 PM

I rode Jumpin' Flash at SFGAdv. It was the best flat ride I have ever rode.

It was also the only new flat ride open for the day, during the war on lines debacle.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011 12:32 PM

GAdv. was my home park for 3 years: Fall '02 to Spring '05 and in 50+ trips I never saw the Jump run.

Last edited by ApolloAndy, Thursday, August 25, 2011 12:32 PM
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Thursday, August 25, 2011 1:14 PM

I believe they have one of those on the large fair circuit out here.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011 1:43 PM

RCPete said:
Is that a Huss ride?

Nope, the one at SFStL is a Vekoma. At least that is what they told me last month.

Last edited by DaveStroem, Thursday, August 25, 2011 1:45 PM
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Thursday, August 25, 2011 5:40 PM

The Giant Evolution that lives at SFStL now is a Nauta-Bussink ride. It is one of two, I believe, that were built. Similar rides found elsewhere are much smaller.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011 9:07 PM

I got a ride on Jumpin Jack Flash, I thought the ride was really cool. Line was too long for Evolution, but I got to ride it in St. Louis, and thought it looked a lot better than it rode.

Only gas powered coaster? What about all those carnival coasters (and the Strickers wood coasters) that run off generators.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011 11:19 PM

Maddie is correct - Nauta-Bussink.

C-Dave: Those are actual lift-hill "coasters". This is a powered ride, the lead car has a gasoline engine that drives the train around the course.

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