North Carolina State Fair

State Fair worker in ICU after injury

Posted October 28, 2013

— A worker was taken to the hospital early Monday with a leg injury after he was hurt while disassembling a ride at the North Carolina State Fair, officials said.

Workers were packing up the fair, which ended its 11-day run Sunday night.

Brian Long, a spokesman for the state Department of Agriculture, said Anesto Newell, 32, was injured about 3:30 a.m. as he was taking apart a ride called the Vortex. The ride is not the same one – also called the Vortex – that was idled last week after five people were hurt.

Newell's brother and sister-in-law were working nearby at the time of the accident. They said he suffered a broken back, pelvis and leg when a piece of the ride fell on him.

"All I saw was this yellow hoodie laying on the ground and I said, 'Oh no, that's my brother,'" said Tywan Newell. "When I got there, the ride was on top of his body."

Tywan Newell said he tried to move the ride but could not.

Anesto Newell was taken to WakeMed where he had surgery Monday and was in critical condition in intensive care Monday evening.

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  • really02 Oct 29, 6:45 p.m.

    So what you are saying is the REX should not even have an emergency center?

  • golorealist Oct 29, 9:45 a.m.

    "Why did they not take him to REX which is basically across the street?" - really02

    "In every Fair accident we've heard about this year the injured was taken to WakeMed. Why? Rex is only a mile down the road. Makes no sense if time is critical." - wufpaker

    while they are both hospitals, they are far from equal. if trauma is involved, you're much better off taking the longer drive to wakemed. wakemed is a level 1 trauma center, which is the best possible rating. rex doesn't even have a rated trauma center.

  • thrasher3 Oct 29, 8:57 a.m.

    WakeMed is a Level 1 Trauma Center... Rex is NOT

  • really02 Oct 28, 7:35 p.m.

    Why did they not take him to REX which is basically across the street?

  • wufpaker Oct 28, 7:17 p.m.

    In every Fair accident we've heard about this year the injured was taken to WakeMed. Why? Rex is only a mile down the road. Makes no sense if time is critical.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Oct 28, 6:50 p.m.

    "Newell's brother and sister-in-law were working nearby at the time of the accident. They said he suffered a broken back, pelvis and leg when a piece of the ride fell on him."

    Oh Lord, the pain! Sending prayers.

  • Itsmyopinion67 Oct 28, 6:05 p.m.

    This is why I don't ride rides at fairs. I just eat the food...that's a slower death.

  • Hill55 Oct 28, 6:03 p.m.

    These rides have nothing to do with agriculture, no more than some that horrendous and unhealthy food. I avoid this place like the plague.

  • Justic4All Oct 28, 5:08 p.m.

    Nothing is any different this year from last or the year before or the year before that. It's just making headlines this year. By the time all this is said and done we'll have a safer fair or that is what we will be told. The only thing certain is everything will cost twice as much due to the new guidelines, new restrictions, new help, the verifications, certifications, over seeing, under seeing, inspector on each ride all day and night.

    I'm sure the people who end up paying for the excessive overhead will thank everyone for all the attention and safeness they are now assured they have. An Accident wouldn't dare happen now! Especially after paying twice as much as last year. Every perk has its price.

  • Shaking My Head In Amusement Oct 28, 4:58 p.m.

    I'm not so sure that Strates was any safer than Powers is. I was injured on a ride during Strates reign 16years ago. My safety harness bar came undone as a ride was almost completely upside down. I was "dropped" down onto a bar overhead and suffered head and facial injuries and to this day suffer sinus problems after my sinus cavity was crushed and had to be rebuilt. The more other riders around were screaming for him to stop the operator thought they wanted it faster and more. Thankfully there was a cage overhead but I was terrified that, too, would fly open if I fell into it or I'd hurt others being thrown around in there! I was taken to the hospital but the Strates administration was less than responsive and didn't seem very caring or concerned. I'm unsure who the Agriculture Commissioner or fair spokesperson was then. I was only 16 and didn't handle the communication between everyone. I know Strates didn't really want to accept liability and paid very little for re compensation!

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