One dead and seven people injured after malfunctioning ride in Ohio State Fair accident

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One man has died and seven people have been injured after a ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair.

The horrifying accident took place on the Fire Ball ride on Wednesday evening, which was the opening day of the fair.

An 18-year-old male was killed on impact and five of the injured are reportedly in a critical condition and two are in a stable condition, reports the Columbus Dispatch.

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Footage of the incident shows part of the ride coming loose as it swung around and people being tossed out of their seats into the air.

A witness told NBC News that “the whole car went flying off and over the side while in motion.”

Horrifying footage shows the moment the riders were thrown into the air (Image: Destiny Kalynn)
Horrifying footage shows the moment the riders were thrown into the air (Image: Destiny Kalynn)
Fire men and ambulances arrive at the scene (Image: Twitter/@dakota_farmer)
Fire men and ambulances arrive at the scene (Image: Twitter/@dakota_farmer)

The Governor of Ohio, John Kasich, released a statement shortly after the incident took place, saying a full investigation will be taking place.


He said: “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.” More on Mirror

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