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Five injured in ride accident in NC

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RALEIGH, N.C (WNCN) - Five people were injured during an accident at the North Carolina State Fair Thursday night and two have since been released from the hospital, according to officials.

Two of the five injured sustained serious injuries after an incident on the Vortex ride behind the Expo Center, officials said.

Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said the victims are between the ages of 14 and 39. Harrison confirmed some of the victims are family members. One of the injured was a ride operator, Harrison said.

Harrison asked for any cell phone video of the accident to be given to authorities.

"The ride had stopped and they were fixing to offload when it started off again. That is preliminary report," Harrison said.

An EMS source told our NBC affiliate WNCN that five passengers were ejected while attempting to exit the ride. The EMS source said all five were initially unconscious but three regained consciousness.

One of the injured suffered serious head injuries. Another victim had injuries similar to a concussion, according the EMS source.

Brian Long, public affairs director with the State Fair, said the ride is located between gates 4 and 5 on the lower midway.

Long said an ambulance was on scene within a minute of the first call just after 9 p.m. Long said all five victims were transported to WakeMed by 9:37 p.m.

"This has shaken all of us," Long said. "We definitely have these folks in our thoughts and prayers."

The N.C. Department of Labor will inspect the ride and the Sheriff's Office will investigate the incident, Long said.

Read more at WNCN's website. http://bit.ly/1aJnE6f

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