Horror at the Ohio State Fair: One person has been killed and injures several
27 Jul 2017, 12:46 ( 20 days ago)
One person has been killed and another three are fighting for their lives after a ride malfunction at the Ohio State Farther 18-year-old man who was killed slammed to the ground after part of the ride 'snapped off', and died on impact. A sixth and seventh person were also injured, but they are said to be in a stable condition. The accident took place on the Fire Ball ride shortly before 7:30pm.Three of the injured were taken to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, while the other four were rushed to Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, the Columbus Dispatch reports. The ride combines a swinging and spinning motion, flinging people back and forth through the air and around in circles. Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin confirmed the injuries and the death on Wednesday night, WCMH reports. State Governor John Kasich confirmed at least one death, and said he had ordered all fair rides shut until safety inspections were carried out.
He also said a full investigation would be carried out. The fireball ride swings from side to side while simultaneously spinning passengers in circles at high speed. It is known by the name "afterburner" in European markets. Speaking to reporters, a doctor treating some victims said: "Passengers were ejected at high speed with high energy, many feet - at least 20 or 30, if not more - into the air, and then crashed at a significant distance from the ride."He said the speed of the impact could be similar to a vehicle crash. Chief inspector Mike Vartorella said: "My grandchildren ride this equipment… our guys do not rush through this stuff. We look at it, we take care of it, we pretend it's our own."He said the ride was inspected "three or four times" in the past two days by both his own inspectors and a "third party".