North Carolina State Fair

State Fair worker in ICU after injury

Anesto Newell, 32, was taken to WakeMed where he was in intensive care late Monday afternoon.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — 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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