A carnival ride at the Ohio State Fair called the “Fire Ball” malfunctioned on Wednesday, causing an entire row of the gondola wheel to break apart which ejecting at least two people into the air, according to The Washington Post.
An 18-year-old man was slammed to the ground, and he died on impact, the Daily Mail reports, as fairgoers watched on in horror. Seven others were injured, three of which are reportedly fighting for their lives. The victims vary in age, from a victim in their 60s to someone under the age of 13.
A video caught the terrifying moment the ride broke apart.
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Fair organizers said in a statement that the gates will reopen at 9 a.m. Thursday, and “other activities will resume as scheduled.” All riders were shut down after the tragedy and face re-inspection before Thursday’s opening.
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