At least one person has been killed and seven others injured after a carnival ride at the Ohio State Fair malfunctioned, sending the riders flying through the air. An 18-year-old man died after being thrown from the ride and impacting the ground. Three of those injured are in serious condition.
As reported by the Daily Mail, video being captured by bystanders showed the shocking event. The ride that malfunctioned combines swinging and spinning motions, sending riders back and forth while the passenger area moves in circles.
Video of the incident shows one of the passenger benches snapping off near the bottom of a swing. As the section detached, riders were flung into the air, ultimately impacting the ground below.
Three of the injured passengers were taken to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, and the other four were sent to Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center. One of the people who was treated on the scene was under 13 years old.
After the incident, all of the fair rides were taken out of operation.
The malfunction occurred after Ohio Department of Agriculture ride inspectors were required to work long hours to confirm the rides met necessary standards. Recent heavy rainfall delayed the inspection process, leaving ride inspectors to make up for lost time.
After the incident, Ohio Governor John Kasich released a statement with his condolences. He said, “I am terribly saddened by this accident, but the loss of life and that people were injured enjoying Ohio’s fair.”
Kasich continued, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to those grieving and injured. 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.”
Wednesday marked the opening day of the annual Ohio State Fair. The event is scheduled to continue through August 6.
Warning: The video contains images that some viewers may find upsetting.