Company linked to fair ride accidents in NC and Tennessee

RALEIGH, N.C. – The company who owns the ride on which three children were badly injured in Tennessee is the same company cited for an accident at the North Carolina State Fair in 2013, CBS North Carolina has learned.

On Tuesday morning, Greeneville, Tennessee police said the company involved was not tied to the North Carolina incident but public records show otherwise.

In 2013, five people were sent to the hospital after being thrown off the Vortex ride at the North Carolina State Fair.

Ferris Wheel in Tennessee. Inset is part of an accident report naming Dominic Macaroni.
Ferris Wheel in Tennessee. Inset is part of an accident report naming Dominic Macaroni.

Family Attractions Amusements LLC, owned by Dominic and Ruby Macaroni, was initially cited for the incident.

Their attorney fought the charges saying Family Attractions Amusements was not the owner of the Vortex ride, and that it was their son Joshua’s.

A Department of Labor report shows an inspection for the Vortex ride was paid for by Ruby Macaroni.

As for the Tennessee incident, a report filed with the state shows that Family Amusement Attractions based in Valdosta, Georgia was the owner of the Ferris wheel

CBS North Carolina pulled the business license which is, in fact, registered to Dominic Macaroni.

The company’s former attorney did not reply to a request for comment.

North Carolina State Fair officials say Family Attractions Amusements will not have any rides at this year’s State Fair.

RELATED: 3 people fall from Ferris wheel in Tennessee, police say

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