Gov. John Kasich has ordered that all rides at the Ohio State Fair be shut down in the wake of a fatal accident that occurred Wednesday.
One person died and seven others were injured when a ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair. According to reports, three people were critically injured and transported to Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center for treatment. Two others listed in critical condition and one person categorized as stable are being treated at Grant Medical Center. The seventh person, identified as a teenage boy, suffered minor injuries.
The ride that malfunctioned has been identified as the “Fireball” by officials with the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
In a statement issued Wednesday, Gov. John Kasich said he has “ordered that all fair rides be shut down until additional safety inspections can be completed.” Additionally, Kasich said he has ordered “a full investigation into this incident.”
“I am terribly saddened by this accident, by the loss of life and that people were injured enjoying Ohio’s fair,” said Kasich. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to those grieving and injured.”
The Ohio State Fair opened Wednesday at the Ohio Expo Center & State Fair complex located at 717 E. 17th Ave. in Columbus. The fair is scheduled to run through Aug. 6.