Kasich orders rides shut down after deadly Ohio State Fair accident

Ohio Gov. John Kasich ordered all rides at the state fair in Columbus to be shut down until thorough inspections are completed after a ride malfunction Wednesday left one man dead and at least seven people injured.

Three of the seven injured were in critical condition, investigators said.

The man who was killed was one of several thrown from the Fire Ball ride when it malfunctioned, Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin said. The victims range in age from 13 to 41 years old, Fox 28 reported.

Crews shut down other rides at the fair.

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.”

The cause of the malfunction was unclear. Recent storms and flooding forced inspectors to work long hours in recent days ensuring the rides were in good working shape, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

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The rain slowed us down a little bit. Usually a lot of this stuff would be up a lot faster, inspector Ron Dean told the newspaper.

Its a very tough day. Its a very tough night for the people of our state because of the loss of our citizens, Kasich said at a news conference Wednesday night.

Jane and I send our prayers and deepest sympathies to all those who were impacted by the accident at the Ohio State Fair this evening, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio wrote on Twitter.

The accident was confirmed on the official Twitter account of the Ohio State Fair. We are investigating and will report information as available, the tweet said.

Wednesday marked the state fair’s opening day. The fair was initially scheduled to run through Aug. 6. Eleven rides in the fair didnt initially open because inspection work wasnt completed, officials said. The ride that malfunctioned was inspected multiple times, including by a third-party inspector, an official said.

Names of the victims were not immediately released, pending family notification.

We will get to the bottom of this. We will investigate it. There will be complete transparency, Kasich said. Make no mistake about it, it is a very, very sad night for all of us.

Fox News Ruth Ravve and Perry Chiaramonte and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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