Opening night at the Ohio State Fair ends in tragedy. An accident on a ride leaving one teenager killed and others injured.
Dispatch, "We are getting multiple calls of people - a ride broke down? people went flying off the ride. Called Fireball."
One attendee of the fair explained, "you know everything started normally, and then it started shaking and stuff". Riders on the Fire Ball were spinning in the air when an entire car full of riders broke off, flinging riders down onto the concrete below. "Her leg... her whole leg... just hit... and then the dude hit the ground and he wasn't breathing."
Seven people were injured, five in critical condition, and an 18 year old man killed.
Organizers say the ride passed inspection just hours before the accident, but David Daniels, of the Ohio Department of Agriculture promises, "We will begin an investigation on this."
ABC Station, WSYX was there with State Inspectors checking equipment before the fair opened. "These guys have been doing this stuff their whole entire lives and honestly, they know these rides better than we do."
The Fire Ball, described as an 'aggressive thrill ride' has urged other fairs to now caution against it. North Carolina announced a moratorium across the state, and the Orange County Fair immediately shut down a similar ride.
Back in Ohio, the state's Governor has ordered all rides at the fair closed until the investigation is complete and additional safety inspections can be conducted.
"The fair is about the best things in life," said Governor John Kasich, "and with this accident, it becomes a terrible, terrible tragedy."
There was heavy rain and flooding the week leading up to the fair and inspectors having to work long nights to inspect the more than 70 rides, but state officials insist the safety inspection was not rushed.
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