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RALEIGH, N.C. — The investigation into Thursday’s ride accident at the N.C. State Fair has led to the arrest of a 46-year-old man who operated the ride, according to WTVD.

According to the report, Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison announced Saturday night that Timothy Dwayne Tutterrow of Georgia has been charged with three felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury.


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“After inspection of the ride, we determined that it had been tampered with and critical safety devices were compromised,” Harrison said.

According to Harrison and WTVD, Tutterrow is employed by an independent ride contractor. The Vortex is the only ride the company has at the State Fair.

Harrison said the investigation is continuing, and additional arrests may be made.

Five people were injured in the accident. The victims, all between the ages of 14 and 39 years old, were taken to WakeMed Hospital. Two have been released. The three victims that remain hospitalized are 29 year-old Anthony Gorham, 39-year-old Kisha Gorham, and a 14-year-old whose name was not released.

The ride mishap happened Thursday around 9:17 p.m. on a ride called the ‘Vortex,’ which is along the lower midway section behind the Expo Center on the west side of the fairgrounds near gates 4 and 5.

Read more: WTVD


  • Diane

    That ‘independent ride contractor” needs to be named so people know to watch for those contractor rides. Smaller fairs tend to have older rides and I find them scarier than the big parks. What a shame!

  • Dee

    Wow, What a shame! That life & this world as we know, has changed so much. That each hard working family can not even go to a fair for a good time they deserve, and be safe. It’s really sad. Wishing quick recovery to the injured & there families.

    • Tara Alexander

      Of course they are going to blame someone else. They are mad because the attendance was down after the “accident” -They are going to arrest somebody, to make it look like it was no fault of the ride company, or that the rides are safe.

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