In the aftermath of the accident at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, Ohio Gov. John Kasich sent out the following statement:
“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. 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."
Gov. Kasich's statement on tonight's incident at the Ohio State Fair. pic.twitter.com/PFjfHWMIab— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) July 27, 2017
One person is dead with seven other injured after the ride malfunction, which occurred when one of the rows of seats on the Fire Ball ride snapped off on Wednesday evening around 7:20 p.m.
In a press conference held on Wednesday night, Kasich emphasized that the Fair will be open on Thursday but the rides must clear a new round of inspections.
Ohio State Fair sent out a statement on its Twitter page just before 12:30 a.m. on Thursday morning: http://bit.ly/2tEQ7LJ— Ohio State Fair (@OhioStateFair) July 27, 2017
“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. Gates will open at 9 am and other activities will resume as scheduled.”
Kasich added that the accident is the "the worst tragedy in the history of the fair."