Family wants answers in fair ride injury

The family of a man injured while dismantling the Vortex questions the safety practices at the State Fair
October 30, 2013 2:55:15 PM PDT
A worker injured at the N.C. State Fair remains in critical condition, and his family wants someone to be held accountable for what happened.

Anesto Newell,32 was injured helping to tear down the Vortex ride on Monday. The ride is not the same one that injured five others last week, but shares the same name.

Early Monday morning, Newell was taken to the ICU of WakeMed after working at the fair to earn extra income. Newell's brother and sister-in-law were also at the fairgrounds working when the accident happened.

"To walk up and see somebody and the foot of their leg is touching their head, and their body is squished," sister-in-law Taka James said.

James said she believes a cable on the ride snapped before it landed on Newell, but she also said he never received proper training.

"There's not training. I know this for a fact because I've worked there for four years," James said.

The family said they were hired by Powers Great American Midway, which is the main vendor that provides rides at the fair. ABC11 reached out to them, but had not heard back.

Meanwhile, the family said they have not heard heard from anyone either.

"Nobody from the fair has contacted me to say I'm sorry, they haven't contacted me to ask how he's doing, they haven't said nothing to me about my child, nothing," Newell's mother Jean Quartey said.

Newell's mother is also in the hospital being treated for heart failure and found out about her son's injury from James and her husband.

"My baby's back is broken in three places," Quartey said. "His pelvis was shattered, both of his legs was."

The family has hired an attorney because they want someone held accountable. They are frustrated that the ride was already dismantled before a more thorough investigation was completed. They told ABC11 that the same ride is on its way to Wilmington for a fair there.

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