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One dead and six injured in ride malfunction at Ohio fair

One person has been killed and another five are fighting for their lives after a ride malfunction at the Ohio State Fair.

A sixth person was also injured, but they are said to be in a stable condition. Social media posts suggest the accident took place on the Fire Ball ride.

Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin confirmed the injuries and the death on Wednesday night, WCMH reports. 

One person has been killed and another five are fighting for their lives after a ride malfunction at the Ohio State Fair

Wednesday was the opening night of the fair, which is scheduled to run until August 6. 

The fair confirmed something had been reported, tweeting: ‘There has been a report of a ride incident. We are investigating and will report information as available.’ 

One witness who saw the incident posted a video on Instagram, along with the caption: ‘Sad Day here at the Ohio State Fair… Lord help their families’.

In the video one person was seen being put on a gurney and treated.  

One person is pictured being treated for injuries while laying on a gurney after the ride accident

A police officer is pictured at the scene of the accident while another person takes photographs of what happened on Wednesday night

The incident comes after ride inspectors from the Ohio Department of Agriculture were forced to work long hours this week to make sure everything was up to standard, due to delays caused by heavy rain in recent days, the Columbus Dispatch reports. 

‘The rain slowed us down a little bit. Usually a lot of this stuff would be up a lot faster,’ Ron Dean, an amusement ride inspector who has been with the Ohio Department of Agriculture for 13 years, told The Dispatch.

The fair is celebrating its 164th year in 2017. 

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