Ride Operator Timothy Dwayne Tutterrow Charged After Injuries At North Carolina State Fair

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A Georgia man has been arrested after operating the ride that hurt five people at the North Carolina State Fair.

Timothy Dwayne Tutterrow was charged with three felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury, Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison announced at a news conference Saturday, according to WRAL.

“After inspection of the ride, we determined that it had been tampered with and critical safety devices were compromised,” Harrison stated.

Fox News reports that the accident occurred shortly Thursday evening, when witnesses said the ride, known as the “Vortex” suddenly started up after it had stopped and while people were exiting.

Three of the five people hurt in the accident remain hospitalized.

"It makes me mad to think that anybody would put people's safety in danger like they have and I'm not mad, I'm furious," Steve Troxler, State Agriculture Commissioner, said.

Officials say that Tutterrow is employed by an independent ride contractor, Family Attractions. The "Vortex" was the only ride the company had at the State Fair, which concludes Sunday.

People attending the fair expressed their concern over ride safety.

"Our kids really enjoy riding these rides and it makes me very uncomfortable to know that someone is doing something that's very unsafe," Pam Owens said.

Tutterrow's bond was set at $225,000.

Harrison said that more arrests may be made and the investigation is ongoing.

Sources: Fox News, WRAL