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Stuntman airlifted to hospital after accident

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A stuntman was airlifted to hospital on Saturday after his performance at the Royal Cornwall Show didn’t go to plan.  The motorcycle stuntman, Ken Fox, had to be airlifted to Derriford Hosptial in Plymouth after falling from the top of the cylindrical track during a “wall of death” performance.

With the Royal Cornwall Show seeing its 220th year, thousands of people crowded to see the numerous acts and events taking place. One of the acts was a motorcycle show called “the wall of death”, which saw stuntmen ride at top speed around a vertical track performing stunts and tricks on 1920 Indian Scout bikes.

“a bit bashed about”

The Ken Fox Wall of Death troupe has been performing the act for several years, appearing in music videos and on television. They once appeared on the BBC 1 indents showing stunt riders going round in a circle. It was the troupe owner himself who had the accident and was airlifted to a nearby hospital. 

One eyewitness said that he fell from the top of the wall onto his head, but that it was not obvious why he fell. He continued: “there was an air of panic with people screaming and running out of the tent.” Mr Fox was treated at hospital for his injuries, with a Facebook post reading: “Ken Fox is safe and well just a bit bashed about.

Devon and Cornwall Police said that no one else was injured in the accident.

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