Warrant: Jumper wires seized from scene of NC State Fair ride accident
by WNCN Staff
Five people were injured when the Vortex ride jolted into motion during the N.C. State Fair in October.
RALEIGH, N.C. -
Investigators seized five jumper wires, an electrical board
and hand-written notes from the location of a State Fair ride on which five
people were injured in October.
A search warrant released Thursday says among the items
seized from the Vortex ride were five jumper wires, which are used to
temporarily bypass a break in a circuit.
Investigators say the key safety mechanisms on the ride were
bypassed, which caused the ride to jolt into motion on Oct. 24 while people
were exiting. Eyewitnesses estimated that riders were dropped from as high up
as 30 feet.
Last month, the ride's owner, Joshua Macaroni, was indicted
on three counts of assault with deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury.
Its operator, Tim Tutterrow, was also indicted on three counts of assault with
deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury.
Investigators say Tutterrow bypassed the safety mechanisms
under the direction of Macaroni after the Vortex experienced a malfunction on
Attorneys for the state previously said Macaroni asked
Tutterrow to stand behind him and make sure no one was watching while Macaroni
installed the jumper wires.
The bypass was put into place to keep the ride in operation
following the Oct. 21 malfunction, the search warrant says.
"As a direct result of the safety mechanisms being
purposefully bypassed, the ride was able to start while passengers were still
exiting and cause the serious injuries that occurred," the warrant says.
The state claims the injuries would not have happened if the jumper wires were not
Macaroni's family owns Family Attractions Amusement of
Valdosta, Ga., which supplied the ride for the State Fair.
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