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Officials identify victims in fatal ride accident at state fair

The Ohio State Fairgrounds in Columbus Thursday morning. (FOX19 NOW/Robert Guaderrama) The Ohio State Fairgrounds in Columbus Thursday morning. (FOX19 NOW/Robert Guaderrama)
There was a ride malfunction at the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday. (Source: Narkatta) There was a ride malfunction at the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday. (Source: Narkatta)
COLUMBUS, OH (AP/FOX19) -

All rides at the Ohio State Fair are shut down Thursday after an accident on the "Fire Ball" ride Wednesday.

One person died and seven others were hurt when the ride malfunctioned Wednesday, the fair's opening day.

Tyler Jarrell, 18, of Columbus, Ohio, was pronounced deceased at the fairgrounds, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The following were injured and transported to area hospitals:

  • Tamika Dunlap, 36, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio
  • Russell Franks, 42, of Columbus, Ohio
  • Keziah Lewis, 19, of Columbus, Ohio
  • Jacob Andrews, 22, of Pataskala, Ohio
  • Jennifer Lambert, 18, of Columbus, Ohio
  • Abdihakim Hussein, 19, of Columbus, Ohio
  • A 14 year-old male whose name is being withheld at the request of the family

Five victims were listed in critical condition late Wednesday. The other two were considered stable.

The man who died was found about 50 feet from the ride, said Steve Martin, battalion chief with the Columbus Fire Department.

Some riders flew as many as 20 to 30 feet in the air before crash landing, according to officials.

"Our hearts are heavy for the families of those involved in last night's accident," reads a statement fair organizers tweeted overnight.

"We have shut down all rides until the state has inspected each and every ride again and deemed them to be safe. Gates will open at 9 a.m. and other activities will resume as scheduled."

Ohio Gov.John Kasich described it as "the worst tragedy in the history of the fair."

He ordered all rides closed until thorough inspections are completed.

"I am terribly saddened by this accident, by the loss of life and that people were injured enjoying Ohio's fair," Kasich said.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to those grieving and injured."

[GRAPHIC: Video shows moment ride turned deadly at Ohio State Fair]

Wexner Medical Center released the following statement:

"An incident has occurred at the Ohio State Fair. We are working diligently with our staff, local law enforcement and emergency services to respond to the situation. We have received 3 patients at our hospital. Medical teams are assessing and treating their injuries. 

We value the support of the community as we attend to those who need immediate assistance. We will provide further updates as information becomes available."

The fair runs through Aug. 6 and has more than 60 rides, according to their website

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is responsible for ride inspections.

Agriculture officials say there were several rides that were not open at the fair on Wednesday, as they had not yet passed the necessary tests.

Kasich said Fire Ball had been inspected several times. He plans to be at the fair Thursday.

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