Ohio State Fair accident: one dead and several injured as carriage detaches from thrill ride

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One person has died and at least seven others were injured when a carriage detached from a thrill ride at the Ohio State Fair.

The Fire Ball ride malfunctioned at 7.19pm, sending an 18-year-old man flying 50 feet through the air to his death.

Harrowing video footage shows the moment a part of the ride comes loose from the main section, sending an entire carriage of passengers flying.

Ohio Govenor John Kasich called it “the worst tragedy in the history of the fair,” adding, “it’s a very, very sad night for all of us.” 

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All rides at the fair were closed for urgent inspection

He ordered all rides at the fair to be shut down for urgent inspections and organisers launched an investigation.

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A man aged 18 was thrown to his death when the ride malfunctioned

The Fire Ball is a mechanical swing thrill ride which spins passengers like a pendulum in carriages which also spin at 13 revolutions per minute.

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Seven other people were injured when the carriage detached during the ride

According to the fair’s chief ride inspector, Fire Ball was declared safe to open on Wednesday.


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