COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Britney Neal, 16, watched one of her greatest fears come to life Wednesday night at the Ohio State Fairgrounds when a ride malfunctioned and killed a man.
"This is actually one of my biggest fears," the teen said. "I didn't actually think I'd ever have to witness it, especially right in front of me."
One person -- 18-year-old Tyler Jarrell of Columbus -- died and seven others were injured when a piece of a swinging and spinning ride snapped at the Ohio State Fair Wednesday. 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.
State officials said the "Fire Ball" ride had been inspected earlier in the day before it "malfunctioned" at 7:24 p.m. A video posted online showed part of the ride breaking off mid-swing and throwing riders through the air.
The girls' mom said they called her immediately, but she couldn't understand them over the phone.
"I knew something horrible had hapened, but I couldn't understand anything she was saying," Christy Neal said. "I wasn't sure if her sister was hurt, if she was hurt -- I just started to run towards that direction. I saw the cart missing, it was horrible. It was horrible until I got to put my arms around them and just hug them and thank God they were okay."
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