24/7 News Source (Columbus, OH) -- One man is dead after a horrific ride malfunction at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus. Officials say a row of seats on the swinging "Fire Ball" ride broke free, Wednesday, launching riders onto the midway.
Seven people were hurt including three in critical condition. Governor John Kasich called the accident the worst tragedy in the fair's history.
He ordered all rides shut down for further inspections.
Ohio Department of Agriculture officials say the Fire Ball ride was inspected at several different stages and was approved for operation prior to the accident.