One person was killed and 7 people were severely injured Wednesday evening when a ride malfunctioned during opening day at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, the state’s highway patrol said.
The ride which was called the ‘Fire Ball’ had passed its review by the State before the Fair, so people are at lost to how the event happened.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he has ordered a full investigation and ordered all rides closed until additional safety inspections can be conducted. “We will get to the bottom of this,” Kasich said at a press conference.
A video of the incident posted on YouTube showed seats of the ride breaking off and bodies flying through the air. A witness told NBC News that “the whole car went flying off and over the side while in motion.”
“I am terribly saddened by this accident, by the loss of life and that people were injured enjoying Ohio’s fair,” Kasich said.
Michael Brown told NBC News in an email that his wife was on the ride before the accident occurred. “I was in total disbelief,” Brown said. “My wife just got off that ride before the accident happened. It could have been her,” he said.
The person who was killed and those who were injured were not identified by authorities
SOURCE: NBC News