Five people were injured on Oct. 24 when the Vortex ride began moving while it was being offloaded.
RALEIGH, N.C. -
The company that owns the ride on which five people were
injured at the North Carolina State Fair will not be invited back to the fair,
a spokesman said.
Five people were injured on Oct. 24 when the Vortex ride
began moving while it was being offloaded.
"The ride had stopped and they were fixing to offload
when it started off again. That is the preliminary report," Wake County
Sheriff Donnie Harrison said.
Deputies previously arrested ride operator Timothy Dwayne
Tutterrow in connection with the accident; and on Wednesday, the sheriff's
office issued warrants for the arrest of Joshua Gene Macaroni, who owns the
In light of the accident, N.C. State Fair spokesman Brian
Long said he can't envision the company that Macaroni works with, Family
Attractions Amusement, will be invited back to next year's fair. He added that
it would "not be a good idea" for the company to participate in the State Fair
Macaroni is the son of Family Attractions Amusement owners Dominic
and Ruby Macaroni. He is charged with two counts of felony assault with a
deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, and one count of felony assault on a
juvenile with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
Tutterrow, meanwhile, is being held on a $225,000 bond on three
felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury.
Tutterrow, who is employed by an independent ride contractor, is suspected of
tampering with the ride, Harrison said.
"After inspection of the ride, we determined that it
had been tampered with and critical safety devices were compromised,"
Officials with the state Labor Department declined to offer
further explanation of the tampering and the overall investigation. However,
amusement ride safety consultant Ken Martin said defeating safety systems is
fairly easy once you see a diagram for any amusement ride that shows the
"The simplest system is two alligator clips and a piece of
wire," Martin said. It's that simple, it's been done before. People have fallen
out of rides before and killed.
"In this particular situation, we're really lucky no one was
Long said the State Fair is awaiting the results of the
investigation before deciding on any new safety changes.