One dead, 7 Injured after Ohio State Fair Ride Mulfunctions

Opening day at the Ohio State Fair has been marred by tragedy – as  one person is dead and seven more hurt in a ride malfunction. Of those  hurt, three of them are in critical condition – the others were last  listed as stable. The accident happened when a row of seats on the Fire  Ball ride broke free.

In a video circulating on social media, an entire row of seats  appears to have snapped off one of the six spoke arms and fell to the  ground as the ride began to swing upward. Some riders plunged to the  ground with the seat section while at least two people were sent flying  into the air. Ohio Governor John Kasich has shut down  all the rides at the Fair until they are inspected again. Once the  inspections are clear, the fair is expected to reopen – possibly later  today.

He also confirmed that the ride that malfunctioned was inspected  several times. "I am terribly saddened by this accident, by the loss of  life and that people were injured enjoying Ohio's fair. Our thoughts and  prayers go out to those grieving and injured," Kasich said in a statement.  "I have ordered a full investigation into this incident and have  ordered that all fair rides be shut down until additional safety  inspections can be completed."

There's video...but I  can't bring myself to post it.  If you want to check it out, search OHIO  STATE FAIR ACCIDENT and it will pop up.

Source: The Columbus Dispatch