Ohio State Fair reopens rides for ‘normal operations’ after deadly accident

The Ohio State Fair announced it will open for “normal operations” Sunday morning, with rides reopening on the midway, just days after the Fire Ball attraction there malfunctioned, killing a young man and injuring seven others.

However, fair officials told ABC affiliate WSYX the Fire Ball ride will not reopen as the investigation continues.

All rides at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus were shut down after 18-year-old Tyler Jarrell was killed after the Fire Ball ride he was on fell apart in mid-air. Ohio State Highway Patrol investigators were at the scene of the deadly incident, which was reported at 7:24 p.m. ET Wednesday.

“He was loved and had a future, until the disaster at the Ohio fair. My question is who [is] responsible for not doing their job of inspecting the rides?” the young man’s father, Anthony Jarrell, told ABC News on Thursday.

Franklin County Coroner Anahi Ortiz told WSYX on Friday that Jarrell died of blunt force trauma, suffering head, trunk and lower extremity injuries when the Fire Ball malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday night.

Seven people were also injured — several critically — and have been identified by authorities as Tamika Dunlap, 36; Russell Franks, 42; Keziah Lewis, 19; Jacob Andrews, 22; Jennifer Lambert, 18; and Abdihakim Hussein, 19. A 14-year-old boy was wounded but his name has not been publicly released.

According to The Associated Press, Jarrell’s family has hired an attorney to possibly pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.

As of Friday, two people remained in critical condition and two others were in serious condition, local hospitals announced in statements.

The U.S. Marine Corps said Jarrell, of Columbus, enlisted with the Marines a week before his death and was scheduled to attend basic training in 2018.

“He wanted to be in the Infantry or serve as a combat engineer,” the Marine Corps said. “Our heartfelt condolences go out to Tyler Jarrell’s family and all of those affected by his loss. The Marines here…

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