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After accident, some wary of rides at NC State Fair

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A day after five people were injured after a ride at the North Carolina State Fair malfunctioned, some parents said they are not overly concerned about an accident happening again.

Henry and Andrea Ray watched their little girl take off on a children's balloon ride.  They said they're confident the rides are safe.

"We talked about it and we decided it was pretty much isolated, so we came on out and enjoyed ourselves," Henry Ray said.

Five people were sent to the hospital when they tried to exit a rotating, airborne ride called "The Vortex" on Thursday night.  The Wake County Sheriff's Office said a preliminary investigation showed after the ride had stopped and passengers tried to get off, it inadvertently started back up.

Andrea Ray can't help but worry something like that could have happened to her child.

"It's scary. You think, 'God, that could have been my kid out there who could have been hurt,'" she said.  "It's frightening."

Other parents also thought twice before allowing their children to ride the rides Friday night.

"When you hear of an incident like so, it makes you ponder, 'Do I need to go?'" Corey Artis said.

After doing some research and paying attention to the news, Artis, his girlfriend, and their child decided to still come out to the fair, with one condition.

"The rides that we're on tonight are base rides," Artis said, "rides that are lower to the ground that does not elevate you into the air or anything like so."

Investigators have not yet said how "The Vortex" malfunctioned, but said it will remained closed for the remainder of the fair season, which runs through Sunday.

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