Ride operator charged after NC fair accident

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Authorities say a man who was operating a ride at the North Carolina State Fair has been charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon after the ride injured five people.

Fairgrounds Police secure a barricade around the Vortex after an accident closed the ride just after 9 p.m. on Oct. 24, 2013 at the N.C. State Fair in Raleigh, N.C., sending five people to the hospital; 2 were reported in critical condition. (AP)

Authorities say a man who was operating a ride at the North Carolina State Fair has been charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon after the ride injured five people.

The fair said in a news release Saturday that 46-year-old Timothy Dwayne Tutterrow, of Quitman, Ga., had been arrested. Witnesses say the ride had stopped and people were getting off when it started moving again.

Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said after inspecting the ride, investigators determined it had been tampered with and critical safety devices were compromised.

Tutterrow is employed by an independent ride contractor. A telephone call to Tutterrow was not immediately returned.

Three people are still in the hospital.


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