At least one dead after ride malfunctions at Ohio State Fair

One dead, seven injured after horrific amusement ride accident

One person has died and another seven were injured after a ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair, according to the Columbus Division of Fire. One of the people being treated at the hospital includes a child under the age of 13.

Columbus Battalion Chief Steve Martin says the Fire Ball ride malfunctioned Wednesday night.

Republican Governor John Kasich said he had ordered a full investigation, while also ordering all fair rides to be shut down pending urgent safety checks.

The incident occurred on the Columbus fair's opening day at about 7:20 p.m., per the Columbus Dispatch.

The ride is made up six sets of seats, which are in a circular configuration at the end of a long arm.

"The fair is about the best things in life, and tonight with this accident it becomes a awful, bad tragedy", said Republican Gov. John Kasich.

The official Twitter account for the Ohio State Fair confirmed the report and said it is investigating the incident.

"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", he wrote. CNN reports many additional details from the scene, including how the affected ride saw a piece snap off one cart (holding four people), which threw the riders into the air. The state issues annual permits to ride owners after successful inspections.

Michael Vartorella, who is in charge of inspectors for the state Department of Agriculture, which is responsible for safety checks, said the Fire Ball and all the rides had been inspected several times before being certified to operate.

"We inspect the rides daily", Boardwalk community affairs director Kris Reyes told KSBW. The Cuyahoga County Fair will continue to follow strict procedures in our cooperation with State, Local and Ride Companies to inspect and enforce all rides and fair activities.

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