One Dead, Seven Injured As Ohio State Fair Ride Malfunctions

Horrifying footage shows a section of the mechanical ride coming loose just as it took off, throwing several passengers in the air.

One person died while seven others were injured after a ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus.

Dramatic footage shows a section of the ride, known as the “Fireball,” coming loose just as it takes off. The passengers are thrown off the spinning ride in the footage. According to the Columbus Fire Division, the incident took place at about 7:20 p.m.  

The Fireball ride was reportedly manufactured by Dutch ride maker KMG and was branded as an "aggressive thrill ride." According to the information from KMG's website, the 24-seat ride swings like a pendulum — up to 120° with a maximum height of 20 meters — and revolves at a speed of 15 rpm.

Five people were taken to the nearby hospitals in critical condition, Battalion Chief Steve Martin of the city's Fire Division said, according to the Columbus Dispatch. 

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Medical Director David Evans told CNN videos recorded by the bystanders helped them in figuring out the intensity of the injuries.

"Having that video really showed us that this was a great force and a great mechanism, really consistent with a high-speed motor vehicle crash with an ejection, really something more along those lines," he said. 

An 18-year-old man reportedly landed 50 feet from the ride and died on impact. 

Ohio Gov. John Kasich sent out his condolences over the fatal accident.


He also ordered all rides at the fair shuttered until each one of them was inspected.

"It's a very tough day and a very tough night for the people of our state," he said at a news conference, describing the incident as a tragedy.

A video posted by an Instagram user showed first aid workers and other officers inspecting the scene.


Social media users also expressed concerns for the families who lost their loved ones in this tragic ordeal.









Thumbnail: Reuters,Bruce Lamm, Social Media Website

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