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Four people still in hospital after Ohio State Fair ride breaks

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Posted at 8:55 AM, Aug 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-03 08:55:21-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Four people are still in the hospital after they were injured at the Ohio State Fair last week.

Seven people were badly injured when the Fire Ball ride broke apart mid-air at the Ohio State Fair last Wednesday. A few people on the midway were hit by debris. The injured ranged in age from 14 to 42.

In addition, one man died on the ride; Tyler Jarrell, 18, was thrown about 50 feet and pronounced dead on the midway, state fair officials said. He was a high school student who dreamed for years of joining the military and had just enlisted in the Marines. The Marine Corps and school officials said Jarrell enlisted last week and was going to begin basic training after his high school graduation next year.

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Jarrell's girlfriend, Keziah Lewis, is listed in serious condition at Wexner Medical Center in Columbus. Lewis is a University of Cincinnati student.

Lewis doesn't remember the accident and has pelvis, ankle and rib injuries, her mother told The Columbus Dispatch. She underwent one surgery and faces a second.

"She kept asking for her boyfriend," Clarissa Williams said. "I had to tell her he was the one who was deceased."

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Three other people hurt in the ride accident are still in the hospital, WBNS reported

Jennifer Lambert, 18, is in critical condition at Grant Medical Center. Her mother told WBNS that Jennifer hasn't woken up.

Tamica Dunlap, 36, is in serious condition at Wexner Medical Center. Her uncle, Russel Franks, is in critical condition at the same hospital.