Cops: Operator Tampered With Ride That Injured 5

Allegedly tampered with ride in incident that injured 5

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Police in North Carolina have arrested the operator of a popular ride at the North Carolina State Fair, where five people were injured last Thursday.

Authorities charged 46-year-old Timothy Dwayne Tutterrow, who operated the Vortex, with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon over the weekend for allegedly tampering with the ride’s safety devices WTVD reports.Tutterrnow was working as an independent contractor operating the ride. He will appear before a judge on Monday morning. His lawyer did not comment to local media.

Two of the five victims from the ride mishap have been released from the hospital; three remain hospitalized with undisclosed conditions.