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North Carolina Fair Accident Injures Five

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Today inspectors will be looking closely at a ride called the "Vortex" after five people got hurt at the State Fair last night.

ABC's Marci Gonzalez has more.

From screams of excitement at the North Carolina state fair last night...to shouts - of terror - and disbelief:

"People were crying some people were yelling."

The vortex ride spinning, twisting flipping riders upside down... when just moments later... something...went wrong.

"The ride had stopped and they were fixed to off load when the ride started up again."

As soon as it restarted, passengers were thrown from the ride...falling from as much as 20 feet up.

Five people were hurt...including one of the operators of the ride.

Jonathan Stanley - saw three of the victims on the ground.

"They were all non-responsive... people were trying to see if they are ok but none were moving..."

First responders - on the scene immediately treating the victims ranging in age from 14 to 39 years old some of them members of the same family.

Investigators - now trying to determine what went wrong...11 years to the day - after another tragedy - at the same fair.

In 2002 an operator of a different ride- was killed after accidentally falling into the ride's path.

Of the five people hurt *last night*... three remain hospitalized...one in critical condition.

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