The man at the controls of a thrill ride when it malfunctioned during the 2013 North Carolina State Fair has admitted to tampering with safety equipment intended to prevent such a mishap.
A federal court document shows a settlement has been reached between a family injured when they were thrown from a ride at the North Carolina State Fair and three of the four defendants named in a lawsuit.
North Carolina regulators have fined thrill ride operators more than $114,000 following a mishap at the 2013 State Fair that left five people injured, three of them critically.
A search warrant made public Thursday explains how a safety mechanism on the Vortex ride was allegedly tampered with before the ride malfunctioned at the North Carolina State Fair in October - causing injuries.
A worker dismantling a ride at the North Carolina State Fair has been hurt. Agriculture Department spokesman Brian Long says the man was injured when a piece of a ride called The Vortex fell on him around 3:30 a.m. Monday.
A ride involved in an accident at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh last night is not scheduled to be part of the Cape Fear Fair & Expo in Wilmington. Cape Fear Fair & Expo manager Skip Watkins says the Vortex ride involved in last night's accident has never been to the fair in Wilmington and was not among the rides scheduled to be part of this year's event, which runs Nov. 1-10.