Ohio fair officials say rides to reopen after fatal accident
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Officials say rides shut down at the Ohio State Fair after a thrill ride broke apart and killed a man are open after being re-inspected.
Fair officials made the announcement Sunday morning. Some rides, mostly in the fair’s Kiddie Land, had previously reopened.
All rides were shut down Wednesday night after a swinging and spinning ride called the Fire Ball broke apart, killing 18-year-old high school student Tyler Jarrell and injuring seven others, several critically.
The Dutch manufacturer of the Fire Ball subsequently ordered similar rides to shut down worldwide.
A co-owner of the company providing rides at the fair has told WCMH-TV in Columbus he’s certain a mechanical failure caused the ride to break apart.
Jarrell’s family has hired an attorney to possibly pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.