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Ride Operator Charged After NC Fair Accident

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A CCBI officer, left, and a Wake County Sheriff officer examine the Vortex ride at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh, North Carolina, Friday, October 25, 2013. Five people were injured when the ride malfunctioned on Thursday night.  (credit: Ethan Hyman/Getty Images)

A CCBI officer, left, and a Wake County Sheriff officer examine the Vortex ride at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh, North Carolina, Friday, October 25, 2013. Five people were injured when the ride malfunctioned on Thursday night. (credit: Ethan Hyman/Getty Images)

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a man who was operating a ride at the North Carolina State Fair has been charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon after the ride injured five people.

The fair said in a news release Saturday that 46-year-old Timothy Dwayne Tutterrow, of Quitman, Ga., had been arrested. Witnesses say the ride had stopped and people were getting off when it started moving again.

Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said after inspecting the ride, investigators determined it had been tampered with and critical safety devices were compromised.

Tutterrow is employed by an independent ride contractor. A telephone call to Tutterrow was not immediately returned.

Three people are still in the hospital.

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