Gov. John Kasich has ordered the shut down of all rides until an investigation is completed
On Wednesday night, the Fire Ball ride at the Ohio State Fair broke down while attendees were aboard. An 18-year-old man was killed in the accident while another seven were sent to the hospital. Two patients at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are in critical condition, while one is in serious condition.
An eyewitness told ABC News, that he saw people working on the ride pull the emergency brake but a piece of ride had fallen off. A video shows the ride swinging out of control and crashing into a barrier. An entire seated section of the ride detaches and crashes to the ground with its passengers.
“Our hearts are heavy for the families of those involved in last night’s tragic accident. We have shut down all rides until the state has inspected each and every ride again and deemed them to be safe. Gates will open at 9 am and other activities will resume as scheduled,” fair officials tweeted on Thursday morning.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture’s chief inspector of amusement ride safety, Mike Vartorella said the ride was inspected three or four times over the course of two days prior to the accident.
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