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Cops: Operator Turned NC Ride Into 'Deadly Weapon'

Cops: Operator Turned NC Ride Into 'Deadly Weapon'
Posted October 28th, 2013 @ 10:39am by Rob Quinn, Newser Staff

(NEWSER– The carnage at the North Carolina State Fairlast week was caused by tampering with safety features on the Vortex ride, investigators believe. Arrest warrants state that Timothy Tutterrow, the ride operator, turned the ride into a "deadly weapon" by interfering with the technology, causing it to start again while people were exiting and dumping people to the ground from 20 to 30 feet up, the Raleigh News & Observer reports. Five people were injured and three are still in the hospital.

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