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At Least 1 Dead After Ohio State Fair Ride Breaks Apart Midair

Police confirmed an 18-year-old man died and seven others were hurt after the Fireball ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday.
Posted at 9:40 AM, Jul 27, 2017

At least one person is dead and several others injured after a ride at the Ohio State Fair malfunctioned, sending passengers flying through the air.

Video shows one row of seats on the Fireball ride break apart from the rest of the ride while it was in motion.

"You looked over to the right, seen the car flying, two people flying out their seats, it was crazy," one witness told WCPO.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol confirmed an 18-year-old man was killed and that seven others were taken to local hospitals. Three of the victims were in critical condition as of Wednesday night.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich ordered an immediate shutdown of all rides and attractions at the fair until every one has been inspected.

"The fair is about the best things in life, and then tonight with this accident, it becomes a terrible, terrible tragedy," Kasich told reporters.

Officials say the Fireball was inspected multiple times, including by a third-party inspector.

Wednesday marked the first day of the annual fair. It is scheduled to run through Aug. 6.