Thursday, 27 July 2017

One dead and several hurt in fairground accident in Ohio



At least one person has died and seven others have been injured after passengers were hurled from a spinning ride in the US state of Ohio.
 
The accident took place on the Fire Ball ride, on the opening day of the Ohio State Fair.


A graphic video circulated on Twitter shows the ride swinging from side to side before parts of it appear to break off, hurling passengers through the air.


Three of the injured remain in a critical condition in hospital.


The incident has prompted scrutiny over safety practices at the fair. Ride inspectors said the Fire Ball had been inspected more than once and signed off on Wednesday.


Ohio's Republican Governor John Kasich said on Twitter he was "terribly saddened" by the accident and that he had ordered a "full investigation".


He has ordered that all fair rides be shut down as investigations are completed.


"The fair is about the best things in life, and tonight with this accident it becomes a terrible, terrible tragedy," he said at a news conference late on Wednesday night.
 
 
The Ohio State Fair said in a Twitter statement: "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."




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