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Several people injured when amusement ride at North Carolina State Fair malfunctions

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POSTED: Friday, October 25, 2013 - 8:00am

UPDATED: Friday, October 25, 2013 - 8:04am

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.

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