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Old 10-27-2013, 07:50 PM
 
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well, despite the accident I still took my family to the fair on this beautiful day. We had a blast but did have a scare. One of the cars in the demolition derby got flipped and they were urgently calling for EMS to come over. I was so worried for the driver, and also for what my kids saw. They transported him to the hospital. Have not seen an update yet but hope he is OK!
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Old 10-27-2013, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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What has 20,000 eyes and 10,000 teeth?

The people at the State Fair!!

Just kidding, just kidding.
That was actually quite close to true about 25 years ago--they seem to have cleaned up JUST a tad since then.
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Old 10-27-2013, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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There were two rides named Vortex. The one that people were injured on is closed.
Correct. It's a completely different ride. I would have expected that one to put up a sign saying "This is NOT the same Vortex that people were injured on". That one was down at the very end of the old Midway (to the left coming out of the Animal building--when I was growing up that was the only Midway) near the Pirate Ship.

The broken one never re-opened since Thursday night.
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:33 PM
 
Location: My House
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He didn't deliberately try to injure someone. He deliberately rigged the safety's to show like everything was good no matter what. This then allowed the events to transpire the way they did. It's the only way this accident could have happened in the first place. But rigging safety systems that contribute to an accident is the same as assault in the law. I'm sure he figured nothing would go wrong and they would make sure to get it all corrected later when they had time.

Now, it does seem to point a finger at the system overall. The very device that told whether the harness bar was down or not broke earlier in the week. Going out on a limb and saying that they didn't actually fix the system, they just rigged it to always say the bar was down. How was that not checked by an outside inspector? And they say that NC has one of the more stringent inspections programs for these types of things. Yikes!
They should have people who are not running the ride out there inspecting them. Problem solved.
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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State fairs are fun, but expensive, especially if you buy ride tickets. I haven't been to one in years. Expect to spend $40 on two people. Entrance tickets, ride tickets, food, and games really add up.
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Old 10-27-2013, 10:41 PM
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They should have people who are not running the ride out there inspecting them. Problem solved.
Easier said than done, armchair warrior of the internet.
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Old 10-27-2013, 11:25 PM
 
Location: My House
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Easier said than done, armchair warrior of the internet.
Any particular reason you responded so snarkily?

I didn't say that *I* could think of a way to prevent ALL accidents.

It just seems logical that someone other than the guys who are under financial pressure to keep rides open should be inspecting them to make sure they pass safety checks.

No need to be rude. Damn.
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Old 10-27-2013, 11:32 PM
 
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State fairs are fun, but expensive, especially if you buy ride tickets. I haven't been to one in years. Expect to spend $40 on two people. Entrance tickets, ride tickets, food, and games really add up.

$40? That's admission and a snack and drink. You won't ride rides or eat much if you only bring $40. Some of the rides were as much as $9 per rider! The kiddie rides are $3 or more! A polish sausage, drink and fries is about $15!
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Morrisville, NC
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So, now BOTH Vortex rides have injuries! This time, someone who was taking the other Vortex apart for shipping got injured when one of the arms of the ride came off or moved unexpectedly somehow.State Fair worker injured as ride disassembled :: WRAL.com Looking at the pictures they showed on the news, one of the seats sections sure looks out of whack compared to the other one.
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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the operator may have realized that the shutdown would end his salary.
The N&O reports that the operator was salaried.

RALEIGH: NC State Fair ride became a 'deadly weapon' when tampered with according to warrants | NC State Fair | NewsObserver.com

"Tutterrow, 46, is paid a yearly salary, and other staffers are paid a flat weekly fee, according to Joyce Fitzpatrick, a spokeswoman for ride operator Family Attractions Amusement Company.

However, Family Attractions Amusementís income depends on ridership; itís paid based on how many tickets it receives from riders"
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