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Ride operator arrested in connection with state fair accident

By Associated Press
Published On: Oct 26 2013 08:29:37 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 26 2013 09:46:10 PM CDT
RALEIGH, WAKE COUNTY -

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.