NC State Fair attendance down after accident

Attendance has dropped at the North Carolina State Fair after a carnival ride accident that left five injured. (Image: WTVD-TV)

Attendance has dropped at the North Carolina State Fair after a carnival ride accident that left five injured. (Image: WTVD-TV)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Attendance has dropped at the North Carolina State Fair after a carnival ride accident that left five injured.

WTVD-TV reported that attendance at the fair on Friday night was just over 82,000. That’s more than 10,000 fewer people than the same night last year.

Friday was the first full day after an accident on the “Vortex,” a ride known for its wild twirls and flips.

An initial investigation showed the ride had stopped and people were getting off when it suddenly started up again, according to Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison.

Harrison said two people suffered serious injuries and three others had minor injuries. The injured riders ranged in age from 14 to 39 and some may have been members of the same family.

State labor inspectors are investigating. The ride is closed for the duration of the fair, which ends Sunday.

Read more: WTVD-TV

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