One dead, seven hurt in ride malfunction at Ohio State Fair

One person was killed and seven hurt when The Fire Ball crashed.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - One person has died and another seven were injured after a ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair, according to the Columbus Division of Fire.

The malfunction happened Wednesday evening.

Of the injured, five were listed in critical condition.

Officials with the Ohio Department of Agriculture identified the ride as the "Fireball."

 

Governor John R. Kasich released the following statement in response to the incident at the Ohio State Fair:

“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. I have ordered a full investigation into this incident and have ordered that all fair rides be shut down until additional safety inspections can be completed."

The Ohio State Fair kicked off Wednesday and was supposed to run through August 6, according to its website.

Ride inspections occurred on Monday, July 24, according to a report from WBNS-TV.

There was no immediate information about the ages or identities of the deceased or injured.

A company providing rides at the Ohio State Fair this year describes the ride as an "aggressive thrill" ride.

On its website, Amusements of America says that since its debut in 2002, the Fire Ball has become "one of the most popular thrill rides on the AOA Midway." The company description of the ride says it swings riders 40 feet (12 meters) above the midway while spinning them at 13 revolutions per minute.

The company did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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