One person was killed Wednesday evening when a ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair, Ohio State Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. Paul A. Pride said. Seven other people were injured, three of whom are in critical condition.
At least one person was killed when a ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday, Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin said, according to the Columbus Dispatch and CNN affiliate WCMH.
Rhonda Burgess and her three children were at the fair, and one of her sons was in line at the ride next to the one that malfunctioned.
“The ride had five riders per cart. This piece snapped off and the riders came out of the cart,” she said. “At least two (people) flew threw the air at least 20 feet before landing on their backs on the concrete.”
It was the first day of the fair. Three patients were transported to Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Eileen Scahill said.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich tweeted his condolences.
Gov. Kasich’s statement on tonight’s incident at the Ohio State Fair. pic.twitter.com/PFjfHWMIab
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) July 27, 2017