WRAL.com archive: Vortex ride injuries

Vortex ride at NC State FairFive people were seriously injured Oct. 24, 2013 at the North Carolina State Fair, when The Vortex – a ride known for its wild twirls and flips – started moving while people were getting off and dropped some unsecured passengers 20 feet onto the ride's metal floor.

A criminal investigation found that a safety mechanism designed to keep the ride from moving had been disabled. The ride's operator, Timothy Dwayne Tutterrow, and owner, Joshua Macaroni, were later arrested in the case.