Fire Ball ride mishap at Ohio State Fair leaves one dead, seven injured

A tragic accident Wednesday at the Ohio State Fair has left one person dead and seven injured five critically after its Fire Ball ride malfunctioned and one of the rows of seats flew off.
By Harry Marcolis | Aug 01, 2017
A tragic accident Wednesday at the Ohio State Fair has left one person dead and seven injured five critically after its Fire Ball ride malfunctioned and one of the rows of seats flew off.

Eighteen-year-old Tyler Jarrell of Columbus, Ohio, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to local NBC station WMCH-TV. Four victims were still hospitalized as of Thursday morning and three will need additional surgery, medical officials said.

Ohio Governor John Kasich said that while the fair will be open Thursday, all rides will be closed until re-inspected. He said the Fire Ball ride had been inspected several times prior to the accident, including by an outside company.

"The fair is about the best things in life, and tonight with this accident it becomes a terrible, terrible tragedy," he said, as reported by WMCH.

In a statement, the governor expressed sadness at the loss of life and injuries.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to those grieving and injured," Kasich said. "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."

Wednesday was the fair's opening day. It runs until Aug. 6.

Inspectors worked through the night to re-inspect the rides, according to David Daniels, the director of the state Department of Agriculture.

"Our inspectors were working on the ground to inspect the things they could during the night last night," Daniels said, in a report by NBC News. "Those inspections will continue today as we get an opportunity to get up on the rides. Weather permitting, we will go through all those rides again."

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