18-year-old killed when ride breaks in mid-air at the Ohio State Fair

COLUMBUS, Oh (WCMH-TV) - Columbus Division of Fire says one person is dead and seven have been critically injured after a ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair.

Battalion Chief Steve Martin said two people are in stable condition. One of those injured is a 14-year-old child. At least three people are in critical condition.

Martin says one of the rows of seats on the Fire Ball ride “snapped off" in mid-air.

18-year-old Tyler Jarrell of Columbus was killed in the incident.

Jarrell was a senior in high school who had just enlisted with the Marines. He was scheduled to attend basic training in South Carolina next year.

Wednesday was the opening day for the Fair, which runs until Aug. 6.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich released a statement Wednesday evening:

“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.”

The Illinois Department of Labor said it is also suspending the operation of all rides similar to the Fire Ball until further notice.

This is a developing story. Head over to WCMH-TV for the latest.


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