RALEIGH: State says key safety mechanism tampered with at Fair - WFLA News Channel 8

State says key safety mechanism tampered with at State Fair

Posted: Updated:
RALEIGH, N.C. -

The state of North Carolina claimed Friday that a key safety mechanism on the Vortex ride was compromised, leading to a devastating incident at the North Carolina State Fair in October.

The state said that Josh Macaroni asked Timothy Dwayne Tutterrow to stand behind him and make sure no one was watching while Macaroni installed jump wires.

Those jump wires bypassed a safety mechanism that would have prevented the ride from running if the lap bars were up.

Tutterrow was operating the ride Oct. 24 when five people were injured. He is charged with three criminal counts of assault with a deadly weapon. His attorney, Roger Smith Jr., has described him as "a good family man" who would never intentionally hurt anyone.

The injuries happened when the ride started back up while riders were getting off, and thus the safety bars were up. The state is claiming the injuries would not have happened if the jump wires were not installed.

Macaroni is charged with three felonies. His attorney, Dan Boyce, has said, "Josh was shocked when he first heard about the accident. Josh was equally shocked when he heard charges were being filed against him individually."

Macaroni's family owns Family Attractions Amusement of Valdosta, Ga., which supplied the ride for the State Fair.

 

  • Wake CountyMore>>

  • Helping Hand Mission hands out school supplies

    Helping Hand Mission hands out school supplies

    Thursday, August 21 2014 5:42 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:42:09 GMT
    File photoFile photo
    Many kids are ready for their big day at school, but others don't have the supplies they need. But outreach groups are looking to change that. Earlier today, Helping Hand Mission in Raleigh handed out plenty of school supplies.From pencils to book bags, more than one thousand kids are now well-equipped for the school year. The group says those supplies are critical to help families who've fallen on hard times. "Even the schools are hit hard and the teachers are going into their pockets to buy...
    Many kids are ready for their big day at school, but others don't have the supplies they need. But outreach groups are looking to change that. Earlier today, Helping Hand Mission in Raleigh handed out plenty of school supplies.From pencils to book bags, more than one thousand kids are now well-equipped for the school year. The group says those supplies are critical to help families who've fallen on hard times. "Even the schools are hit hard and the teachers are going into their pockets to buy...
  • Raleigh cold case 'solvable' 20 years later, detectives say

    Raleigh cold case 'solvable' 20 years later, detectives say

    Thursday, August 21 2014 5:25 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:25:05 GMT
    A Triangle family says it is "optimistic" someone will come forward with information that may help police solve a 20-year-old cold case.
    A Triangle family says it is "optimistic" someone will come forward with information that may help police solve a 20-year-old cold case.
  • Wake Co. sees jump in teacher turnover

    Wake Co. sees jump in teacher turnover

    Thursday, August 21 2014 4:48 PM EDT2014-08-21 20:48:42 GMT
    Wake County is seeing significant turnover in teachers – and still looking to hire teachers as the traditional school year approaches.
    Wake County is seeing significant turnover in teachers – and still looking to hire teachers as the traditional school year approaches.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.