[Updated below] In the touring motorbike spectacular, Nitro Circus, at The Hydro venue in Glasgow last night, 4th February, two members of the audience volunteered to take part in a backflip stunt.
This involved four riders up on a single bike – two showmen and the the two volunteers.
The bike headed for a short steep ramp which snowboarders in the half pipe, should have given the bike lift for the flip as it cleared the top.
The bike faltered in speed at the top, didn’t make it but fell over backwards and then down to the arena floor below, spilling riders as it went.
One showman and one volunteer eventually walked away, with one showman and one volunteer taken to hospital.
The BBC website has a video of the incident taken on a mobile phone by an audience member which would appear to indicate a mismatch between the final speed of the bike and the specific construction of the junction between the top of the amp and the upper transverse platform above.
The big issue is, with today’s risk averse ‘health and safety’ regulations, how on earth was it possible for The Hydro management to permit this show to invite members of the audience to participate in so clearly dangerous a stunt – and one in which their own lesser experience could itself have caused a failure.
This needs rigorous investigation.
Update: It is now now reported that the two participants in this stunt, announced as being members of the audience and with the event’s shaken MC clearly to be heard immediately telling the audience that the injured wee being checked out as were their family members – were in fact members of the troupe.
There is an additional oddity in initial reports that the injured ‘volunteer’ was taken to hospital by the Scottish Ambulance service. while the second, always said to be a showman, was taken by The Hydro’s in-house ambulance.