One person was killed Wednesday evening when a ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair. Seven other people were injured and three of them are in critical condition. The victims range in age from 13 to 41 years old. At least two people flew through the air at least 20 feet before landing on their backs on the concrete.
Fire chief Steve Martin told local media outlets that victims were thrown from the "fireball" spinning pendulum ride in the city of Columbus. The fireball ride swings from side to side while simultaneously spinning passengers in circles at high speed. The ride that malfunctioned was inspected multiple times, including by a third-party.Iinspector Michael Vartorella, chief ride inspector of the Amusement Ride Safety Division, said there were no red flags when inspectors examined the ride earlier.
After ride accident in Columbus
The doctors at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center used a video of the accident to better understand the situation and to prepare investigating the injured patients.They appreciated the impact could be similar to a vehicle crash. Crews shut down other rides at the fair.Ohio Gov. John Kasich ordered all rides at the state fair in Columbus to be shut down until thorough inspections are completed. “I am terribly saddened by this accident, by the loss of life and that people were injured enjoying Ohio's fair. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those grieving and injured,” he said. The Governor also said at a news conference Wednesday night that “This is the worst tragedy in the history of the fair.” More than 70 rides were to be inspected. Wednesday marked the state fair's opening day.