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NC labor department halts use of ride that broke, killed 1 at Ohio fair

The North Carolina Department of Labor has temporarily stopped use in this state of an amusement park ride that broke apart Wednesday at the Ohio State Fair, killing at least one person and injuring seven others.

Jason Tyson, a spokesman for the department, said Thursday that the ride, a swinging and spinning attraction called the Fire Ball, won't be used in North Carolina until it can be fully investigated.

The ride is not currently being used in the Tar Heel State, but Tyson said the exact same ride as the one that broke in Ohio operated about two months ago in the Charlotte area. It was scheduled to be used by four more operators at other NC fairs. Read more...



Multi-vehicle crash blocks northbound lanes of I-77 for hours


Troopers said a red truck swerved across several lanes causing the driver to crash into a pick-up truck.

The driver of the red truck has been charged with careless and reckless driving, as well as other violations.

The heavy traffic, coupled with the jersey barriers along the interstate, made it very difficult for emergency crews to get to the scene.

Paramedics transported three people to the hospital, one with serious injuries.