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No Charges Filed in Wake of Deadly Ohio Fair Ride Malfunction

The inspectors who examined the Fireball ride at the Ohio State Fair hours before it broke apart, throwing one teen to his death and injuring seven others, will not face charges, Ohio officials said. The Ohio Department of Agriculture, which is charged with inspecting amusement rides at state fairs and carnivals, said the four inspectors who approved the Fireball ride as safe before it malfunctioned July 18 did not violate any codes, ABC News reported. “The Fireball and ride operator Amusements of America were in compliance with requirements of Ohio law at the time of inspection,” the Ohio Dept. of ... Read More

Ohio Festival Ride Malfunction Injures Two Children

An amusement ride malfunctioned at a Cleveland, Ohio-area festival, injuring two children whose ride car derailed Friday, August 11. According to local authorities, the ride malfunction occurred at the North Ridgeville Corn Festival about 24 miles west of Cleveland. Five children were on a low-speed car track ride when one of the cars left its track and stopped abruptly. News 5 Cleveland reports that two children were injured and an ambulance was required. The nature of the injuries was unknown but they were reportedly minor and no hospitalizations were necessary. The children were examined at the scene, treated, and released ... Read More

Ohio State Fair Death Prompts Lawsuit

The family of a teen killed at the Ohio State Fair when the ride he was on broke apart is preparing to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Tyler Jarrell, 18, was riding the Fire Ball ride on the opening day of the Ohio State Fair in Columbus July 26 when a full row of seats broke off from the swinging arm of the ride. Mr. Jarrell was hurled high into the air and landed about 50 feet from the ride, The Columbus Dispatch reported. He was killed on impact. Seven others were injured in the ride malfunction. Three of those victims ... Read More

Disaster at Ohio Fair Kills One, Critically Injures Three Others

A ride malfunction at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus has killed one person and injured several others, including three critically, Wednesday evening, prompting Governor John Kasich to shut down all rides in the state until further inspection. The tragic accident reportedly occurred on a ride called the Fire Ball, which spins riders in a circle as they swing suspended from a giant pendulum. According to the Columbus Dispatch, Battalion Chief Steve Martin, a spokesman for the Columbus Fire Division, said the ride broke apart in motion, throwing passengers from the ride. An 18-year-old man was thrown high into the ... Read More

Six Children Suffer Electrical Shocks On Connecticut Amusement Park Ride

Six children were taken to a hospital with minor injuries after experiencing electrical shocks on a ride at a Connecticut amusement park Tuesday afternoon. The children had been riding the Scrambler at Ocean Beach Park in New London and were exiting the ride when an electrical current apparently ran through the ride’s metal surfaces. The ride’s operator reported that he also was shocked when he went to turn the ride off. The incident occurred around 2 p.m. Eastern time. The children were taken to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in Waterford, Conn., for evaluation and treatment. One of the victims suffered ... Read More

Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster Remains Closed After Woman Thrown From Ride

A popular Gatlinburg, Tenn., attraction that allows visitors to coast through the woods of the Smoky Mountains was shut down over the busy Fourth of July weekend after a woman was thrown from the ride and seriously injured. According to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, a woman riding the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster in the front seat of a double-seat coaster cart was thrown from the slide on July 3. She sustained head trauma, broken ribs, multiple fractures to both wrists and a knee. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment. A state-certified third-party inspector was called ... Read More

Ride malfunction at Ohio amusement park injures seven

SANDUSKY, Ohio — A water thrill ride malfunctioned Friday at Cedar Point amusement park near Cleveland, Ohio, Friday, injuring seven people who were on boat that slid backward down a steep hill and flipped over in water. Investigators are at the park this week trying to determine how the malfunction occurred on the “Shoot the Rapids” ride and why some of the safety restraints were not working properly. “We heard a snap and then a clunk and then it was the loudest noise, like an explosion,” Emily Capezzuto, one of the riders, told the Sandusky Register. “Then it slid down ... Read More

Amusement ride injuries to children soar in summer, new study finds

Twenty children are treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms every day during the summer months for injuries involving rides at amusement parks, fairs, malls, and other venues according to a new study published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics. But the study’s researchers found that most of the injuries don’t occur on the big, scary rides, but the seemingly harmless carousel. Analyzing emergency room records, the study’s researchers found that roller coasters accounted for 10 percent of all amusement park injuries to children. Bumper cars accounted for about 4 percent of the total injuries. But 21 percent of the injuries occurred ... Read More

Wisconsin festival attraction results in neck, back, and foot injuries

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. – A new “free fall” attraction at a Wisconsin festival resulted in a number of injuries over the weekend, including one person with a broken neck, one with a back injury and two with broken ankles. As many as 3,000 people paid $10 each to participate in the Free Fall attraction at the Country Fest in rural Cadott, which allowed them to jump from a platform and plunge 25 feet onto an inflatable surface. Those who jumped were instructed to land on their backs or in a sitting position. Chippewa County Sheriff Captain Gene Gutsch told the Associated ... Read More