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Four remain hospitalized after State Fair ride injuries

Posted November 4, 2013

Timothy Dwayne Tutterrow makes his first court appearance Oct. 28, 2013, after being charged with three felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon in connection with an accident involving a Vortex ride that he operated at the North Carolina State Fair.

— Four of six people who suffered serious injuries related to two rides at the North Carolina State Fair remained in a local hospital Monday.

Three of the people – Anthony Gorham, 29, Kisha Gorham, 39, and a 14-year-old – were injured Oct. 24 when a ride called "The Vortex" began moving while they were getting off.

At their requests, WakeMed is not releasing their medical conditions.

Two other people were also injured but have been released from the hospital.

Anesto Newell, 32, was injured Oct. 28 while dismantling a different ride also called "The Vortex."

Witnesses reported that he became trapped when a seating compartment fell on him, causing him to suffer a broken back, pelvis and leg.

Newell was listed in good condition at WakeMed Monday.

Timothy Dwayne Tutterrow, 46, of Quitman, Ga., who was the ride operator in the Oct. 24 case, is charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

Investigators say that critical safety devices were compromised when someone tampered with the ride. Authorities won't comment on a motive but have said that they don't believe Tutterrow was targeting anyone.

More charges are possible in the case.


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