Ohio State Fair accident: 1 person dead, several hurt after ride malfunctions

A man was killed after a ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday, Fox News has confirmed. Seven people were hurt, five of whom are in critical condition.

The Ohio Highway Patrol told Fox News that investigators were at the scene.


The man who was killed was one of several who were thrown from the Fire Ball ride when it malfunctioned, Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin said. The victims range in age between 13 and 41 years old, Fox 28 reported.

Crews shut down other rides at the fair.

The cause of the malfunction was unclear. Recent storms and flooding forced inspectors to work long hours in recent days ensuring the rides were in good working shape, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

“The rain slowed us down a little bit. Usually a lot of this stuff would be up a lot faster,” inspector Ron Dean told the newspaper.

Gov. John Kasich reacted: “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.”

“Jane and I send our prayers and deepest sympathies to all those who were impacted by the accident at the Ohio State Fair this evening,” Ohio Sen. Rob Portman said on Twitter.

The incident was confirmed on the official Twitter account for the Ohio State Fair. “We are investigating and will report information as available,” the tweet said.

Wednesday marked the state fair’s opening day. The fair was initially scheduled to run through August 6.

Fox News’ Ruth Ravve and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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