Video shows moment Ohio State Fair ride broke mid-swing, killing 1 and hurting 7

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Dramatic video shows the moment part of a swinging and spinning ride snapped at the Ohio State Fair Tuesday night, killing a man and injuring seven others. 

State officials said the "Fire Ball" ride had been inspected earlier in the day before it "malfunctioned" at 7:24 p.m. The video, initially posted on Twitter, showed part of the ride breaking off mid-swing and throwing riders through the air. You can see part of that video above. It has been cut short due to its graphic nature. 

Police identified the man who died as 18-year-old Tyler Jarrell of Columbus. The injured were identified as Tamika Dunlap, 36, of Reynoldsburg; Russell Franks, 42, of Columbus; Keziah Lewis, 19, of Columbus; Jacob Andrews, 22, of Pataskala; Jennifer Lambert, 18, of Columbus; Abdihakim Hussein, 19, of Columbus; and a 14-year-old male victim whose name will not be released.

Dr. David Evans of OSU Medical Center, which received three patients from the incident, said "multiple passengers were ejected at high speed" from the ride, traveled at least 20-30 feet and then "crashed at a significant distance from the ride."

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Gov. John Kasich joined state ride inspectors to give an update on the incident Wednesday night.

 

"The fair is about the best things in life, and then tonight with this accident, it becomes a terrible, terrible tragedy," he said.

Kasich ordered all rides at the fair be shut down pending inspections.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was investigating the incident. Ride inspectors with the Ohio Department of Agriculture were also working to inspect all the rides again, department Director David Daniels said.

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All "amusement rides" in Ohio must be inspected and licensed by the state Department of Agriculture by law. The state issues annual permits to ride owners after successful inspections. 

Read more about the inspection process.

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