One person is dead and seven others injured — three of whom are in critical condition — after the Fire Ball ride at the Ohio State Fair broke apart in mid-air Wednesday night, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.
The deceased is an 18-year-old male, according to fire department officials.
The Grant Medical Center in Columbus has admitted three patients, hospital spokesperson Mark Hopkins told ABC News. Two of the three patients are in fair and stable condition, while the third is in critical and stable condition. Hopkins said the hospital is not expecting any additional patients.
And Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center said it received three patients from the fair. At a press conference Wednesday night, the facility’s Dr. David Evans said all three patients were in critical condition, one of whom was still in surgery at the time. Most of the injuries were orthopedic-related.
Evans said the patients ranged in age from late teens to 50s-60s.
The Ohio State Fair confirmed the incident on its Twitter account late Wednesday and said it would investigate the issue and “report information as available.”
In a later tweet, the fair confirmed that it would re-open on Thursday morning, but it said all rides would be shut down until they are inspected and deemed safe again.
“Our hearts are heavy for the families of those involved in last night’s tragic accident. We have shut down all rides until the state has inspected each and every ride again and deemed them to be safe,” fair officials tweeted early Thursday. “Gates will open at 9 am and other activities will resume as scheduled.”
At a press conference Wednesday night,…