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Hampton, GA -- In the wake of the arrest of a ride operator at the North Carolina State Fair, 11Alive News is looking into safety procedures at the Georgia State Fair going on through November 3.

Witnesses said Thursday night a ride called The Vortex restarted as people were getting off.

According to the Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison five people were injured including the operator Timothy Tutterrow 46 or Quitman, Georgia.

Deputies arrested Tutterrow Saturday and charged him with three counts of assault with the deadly weapon.

"Through our investigation, talking to witnesses, talking to the ride operator, we have determined that this ride was tampered with...and that critical safety devices were tampered with and compromised," Harrison said.

The Georgia State Fair opened Friday in Hampton, GA on the grounds of the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The General Manager, Byran Ellsworth, calls the incident in North Carolina "unfortunate and honestly, quite rare".

Ellsworth said safety is something he takes very seriously and has for years.

"We've got a series of internal, daily safety checks we do with our operations. But that's just the beginning. States and counties have a lot of input and standards also,"said Ellsworth.

He said the state fire marshal has to sign off on the fair, along with county officials and then Ellsworth follows through with a daily safety checklist on each ride prior to opening every day.

The fair runs daily. From Monday through Thursday the hours are Noon to 10 p.m. On Fridays' the hours are 4 p.m to midnight. On Saturday, the fair is open from 10 a.m. to midnight.

For more information visit georgiastatefair.com.


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