One person has been killed and another five are fighting for their lives after a ride malfunction at the Ohio State Fair. The 18-year-old man who was killed slammed to the ground after part of the ride ‘snapped off’, and died on impact.
A sixth and seventh person were also injured, but they are said to be in a stable condition. The accident took place on the Fire Ball ride shortly before 7:30pm. Three of the injured were taken to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, while the other four were rushed to Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
The ride combines a swinging and spinning motion, flinging people back and forth through the air and around in circles. One of the people treated at the scene was a child under the age of 13.
Video posted online shows people being thrown from the ride after a bench snapped off at the bottom of a swing. Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin confirmed the injuries and the death on Wednesday night, WCMH reports.
Wednesday was the opening night of the fair, which is scheduled to run until August 6. The fair confirmed something had been reported, tweeting: ‘There has been a report of a ride incident. We are investigating and will report information as available.’
One witness who saw the incident posted a video on Instagram, along with the caption: ‘Sad Day here at the Ohio State Fair… Lord help their families’.
In the video one person was seen being put on a gurney and treated. Ohio Governor John Kasich released a statement Wednesday evening, reading: ‘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.’