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Warrant: Jumper wires seized from scene of NC State Fair ride accident

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Five people were injured when the Vortex ride jolted into motion during the N.C. State Fair in October. Five people were injured when the Vortex ride jolted into motion during the N.C. State Fair in October.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Investigators seized five jumper wires, an electrical board and hand-written notes from the location of a State Fair ride on which five people were injured in October.

A search warrant released Thursday says among the items seized from the Vortex ride were five jumper wires, which are used to temporarily bypass a break in a circuit.

Investigators say the key safety mechanisms on the ride were bypassed, which caused the ride to jolt into motion on Oct. 24 while people were exiting. Eyewitnesses estimated that riders were dropped from as high up as 30 feet.

Last month, the ride's owner, Joshua Macaroni, was indicted on three counts of assault with deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury. Its operator, Tim Tutterrow, was also indicted on three counts of assault with deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury.

Investigators say Tutterrow bypassed the safety mechanisms under the direction of Macaroni after the Vortex experienced a malfunction on Oct. 21.

Attorneys for the state previously said Macaroni asked Tutterrow to stand behind him and make sure no one was watching while Macaroni installed the jumper wires.

The bypass was put into place to keep the ride in operation following the Oct. 21 malfunction, the search warrant says.

"As a direct result of the safety mechanisms being purposefully bypassed, the ride was able to start while passengers were still exiting and cause the serious injuries that occurred," the warrant says.

The state claims the injuries would not have happened if the jumper wires were not installed.

Macaroni's family owns Family Attractions Amusement of Valdosta, Ga., which supplied the ride for the State Fair.

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