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Coroner: Blunt force trauma killed teen on state fair ride

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, Ohio (AP) - A coroner says preliminary findings show the man killed after a ride fell apart at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus died of blunt force trauma.

Franklin County Coroner Anahi Ortiz said Friday that 18-year-old Tyler Jerrell suffered head, trunk and lower extremity injuries when he was thrown into the air after a ride called the Fire Ball ride malfunctioned Wednesday. Seven people were injured, several critically.

Jerrell's family has hired an attorney to possibly pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.

The ride's Dutch manufacturer ordered Fire Ball rides shut down worldwide after the accident.

Jerrell would have been a high school senior. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps a week before the accident.

Some rides on the state fair midway have reopened after being inspected by state officials.

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