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Five People Injured On Ride At North Carolina State Fair

Five people were taken to a hospital in Raleigh Thursday night after an accident at the North Carolina State Fair involving a ride called the Vortex. Officials are investigating the cause.

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From CNN:

Jeffrey Hammerstein at Wake County EMS said one person had serious injuries. Another person had minor injuries, he said. He had no details on the condition of the other three victims.

The Vortex restarted while a ride operator was preparing to offload its riders, Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said.

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WC Sheriff: #VORTEX ride had stopped & people were getting off when it started again. A person working was 1 of 5 hurt #NCStateFairAccident

Caroline Blair

@CarolinePBlair

WC Sheriff: #VORTEX ride had stopped & people were getting off when it started again. A person working was 1 of 5 hurt #NCStateFairAccident

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Everyone at @NCStateFair pretty shaken- Wake Co Sheriff says area being treated as crime scene as they help/investigate #NCStateFairAccident

Caroline Blair

@CarolinePBlair

Everyone at @NCStateFair pretty shaken- Wake Co Sheriff says area being treated as crime scene as they help/investigate #NCStateFairAccident

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Instagram video from Twitter user @amandagut:

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"We literally just left this ride before it flung 5 people to the ground."

Can't believe what I just saw... I legit feel sick to my stomach. Praying for the people who fell off the vortex.

Tripp Atkinson

@trippatkinson9

Can't believe what I just saw... I legit feel sick to my stomach. Praying for the people who fell off the vortex.

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Just got off a ride that went upside down. And the ride after us, people fell out and aren't moving.... Praying for them. Can't believe this

Nicole Kemp

@nkemp_xo

Just got off a ride that went upside down. And the ride after us, people fell out and aren't moving.... Praying for them. Can't believe this

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Can't believe I was on the ride before that happened. God was watching over us all. Sick to my stomach.

Nicole Kemp

@nkemp_xo

Can't believe I was on the ride before that happened. God was watching over us all. Sick to my stomach.

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Joel Gillie

@joelgillie

State fair accident

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For anyone wondering I was beside the ride when people fell 30 feet off. My buddy Joe was firefighter on call at fairgrounds. Cont.

Joel Gillie

@joelgillie

For anyone wondering I was beside the ride when people fell 30 feet off. My buddy Joe was firefighter on call at fairgrounds. Cont.

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