State Fair Ride Gone Wrong Injures Five
At the North Carolina State Fair on Thursday, October 24, 2013, at approximately 9:17pm, a ride called the “Vortex” malfunctioned, causing injury to five of its riders including several children.
North Carolina State Fair Accident Details
- The Vortex is a ride that spins, twirls, and flips riders upside down.
- According to FOX News, while the incident is still under investigation, some preliminary reports indicate the ride mistakenly started up again while riders where getting off.
- The five injured riders ranged from ages 14 to 39.
- All five were sent to the hospital for treatment of their injuries; some injuries were as severe as unconsciousness, some reported.
- One witness says he heard a crash behind him after he exited the ride; he claims to have seen the ride operator fall to his knees and start crying.
Other Amusment Ride Injuries
In 2002, a ride operator at the same state fair was killed when he was struck by the Vortex ride while it was still in operation.
Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington is currently facing a lawsuit after a woman was thrown to her death from the Texas Giant rollercoaster.
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