N.C. State Fair ride news from Friday (Oct. 25) reveals that the Vortex injured five people. This fair ride will now remain closed for the remainder of its intended run. According to a report it had needed repairs just three days earlier on a switch that failed. It will also go under investigation to determine exactly what went wrong that led to the injuries taking place on Thursday night (Oct. 24).
It was stated that the accident took place while the ride was supposed to be turned off. Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison stated that, "The ride had stopped and they were fixing to offload when it started up again." This likely means that many people were not safely harnessed, leading to the five people being injured. The age range was stated to be from 14 to 39, with some of them from the same family.
There were a lot of witnesses on hand when the accident took place, so a lot of investigating and interviews will have to happen before specific answers can be given out. The sheriff was also requesting that anyone who may have been videotaping when the accident occurred to come forward about it. It has not yet been revealed whether it is a perceived mechanical malfunction that took place or whether human error was involved.
It's probably going to take quite a while before visitors will want to go on this particular N.C. State Fair ride again. As for the injuries, two of the people are reportedly in critical condition and the other three are expected to be fine.
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