Authorities announced that at least one person was killed Wednesday when a ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus.
Earlier, Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin told WCMH that five people were critically injured at 7:20 pm local time when one of the rows on the Fire Ball ride “snapped off.” Grant Medical Center spokesperson Mark Hopkins claimed they admitted three patients: two who are in fair and stable condition and a third who is in critical and stable condition, according to ABC News.
Officials told the local station that the deceased is an 18-year-old man.
Dr. David Evans told reporters outside the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center said that “multiple passengers were ejected at high speed, at high energy more than 20 feet or more.” He said he expected that the four patients admitted to the medical center will be there for at least a week, The Washington Post reported.
“There has been a report of a ride incident. We are investigating and will report information as available,” the Ohio State Fair tweeted shortly after the incident.
Gov. Kasich's statement on tonight's incident at the Ohio State Fair. pic.twitter.com/PFjfHWMIab
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) July 27, 2017
Latest reports indicated that seven people were injured in the accident, with WSYX reporting that the victims’ ages ranged between 13- and 41-years-old.
A Snapchat video uploaded to Facebook appears to show the moment the freak accident occurred.
Wednesday marked the first day of the annual festival, which was scheduled to run through August 6. It is unclear whether the fair will be cut short in light of the fatal incident.
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