Our sister station WCMH of Columbus, OH reports - Columbus Division of Fire says one person is dead and five critically injured after a ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair.
The deceased is an 18-year-old man, officials tell NBC4’s Rob Sneed.
Battalion Chief Steve Martin said two people are in stable condition. One of those injured is a 13-year-old child. The others are adults.
Martin says one of the rows of seats on the Fire Ball ride “snapped off.”
The rides at the Fair are now shut down, per an order from Governor John Kasich.
Amusements of America is the company providing rides at the State Fair this year. More information about the Fire Ball can be found on their website. It is described as an “aggressive thrill ride.”
Today was the opening day for the Fair, which runs until Aug. 6.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is planning to update the media around 9pm Wednesday.
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center confirmed on Twitter that they had received 3 patients.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich released a statement Wednesday evening:
Gov. Kasich's statement on tonight's incident at the Ohio State Fair. pic.twitter.com/PFjfHWMIab— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) July 27, 2017
Rides are inspected each year in the week leading up to the fair. Rides are also subject to spot inspections through the time the fair is open.
(This story was originally published July 26, 2017)
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