Hospital: Five injured at North Carolina State Fair

Hospital: Five injured at North Carolina State Fair
Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 9:49pm

At least five people were being treated Thursday night at WakeMed hospital in Raleigh after an incident at the North Carolina State Fair, hospital spokeswoman Linda Fowler told 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.

CNN affiliate WRAL reported the accident involved a ride called the Vortex.

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

Harrison said the ride operator was one of the people injured. The victims included some family members between the ages of 14 and 39.

The rides at the fair -- about 100 total, according to its website -- are provided by Powers Great American Midways.

The New York-based carnival company describes the Vortex as one of its "spectacular" rides.

CNN's Joseph Netto contributed to this report.

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