A man was killed and at least seven other people were hurt after a ride at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus malfunctioned, sending riders flying into the air Wednesday.

Three of the seven injured were in critical condition, investigators said.

The man who was killed was one of several thrown from the Fire Ball ride when it malfunctioned, Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin said. The victims range in age from 13 to 41 years old, Fox 28 reported.

Crews shut down other rides at the fair.

Late Wednesday evening, Ohio Gov. John Kasich ordered that all the rides continue to be shut down until thorough inspections are completed.

“I am terribly saddened by this accident, by the loss of life and that people were injured enjoying Ohio’s fair. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those grieving and injured,” Kasich said in his statement.

“I have ordered a full investigation into this incident and have ordered that all fair rides be shut down until additional safety inspections can be completed.”

The cause of the malfunction was unclear. Recent storms and flooding forced inspectors to work long hours in recent days ensuring the rides were in good working shape, The Columbus Dispatch reported.


“The rain slowed us down a little bit. Usually a lot of this stuff would be up a lot faster,” inspector Ron Dean told the newspaper.

“It’s a very tough day. It’s a very tough night for the people of our state because of the loss of our citizens,” Ohio Gov. John Kasich said at a news conference Wednesday night.

“Jane and I send our prayers and deepest sympathies to all those who were impacted by the accident at the Ohio State Fair this evening,” Ohio Sen. Rob Portman wrote on Twitter.

The incident was confirmed on the official Twitter account for the Ohio State Fair. “We are investigating and will report information as available,” the tweet said.

Wednesday marked the state fair’s opening day. The fair was initially scheduled to run through August 6. Eleven rides in the fair didn’t initially open because inspection work wasn’t completed, officials said. The ride that malfunctioned was inspected multiple times, including by a third party inspector, an official said.

Names of the victims were not immediately released, pending family notification.

“We will get to the bottom of this. We will investigate it. There will be complete transparency,” Kasich said. “Make no mistake about it, it is a very, very sad night for all of us.”

Fox News’ Ruth Ravve and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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