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State Fair Ride Malfunction

An amusement company co-owner said a mechanical failure likely caused the Ohio State Fair accident

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Updated July 29, 2017 05:54 PM EDT

An owner of the company that provided rides at the Ohio State Fair believes that a mechanical failure caused a thrill ride to malfunction, leading to the death of an 18-year-old.

Amusements of America co-owner John Vivona told WCMH-TV said the company is "devastated" over the break down, adding that the Wednesday accident wasn't the fault of operators or inspections.

State Fair Ride Malfunction
An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper removes a ground spike from in front of the fire ball ride at the Ohio State Fair Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. The fair opened Thursday but its amusement rides remained closed one day after Tyler Jarrell, 18, was killed and seven other people were injured when the thrill ride broke apart and flung people into the air. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

The deceased has been identified as Tyler Jarrell of Columbus, who died of blunt force trauma, according to a coroner. The 18-year-old would have been a high school senior and recently enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Updated July 27, 2017 12:57 PM EDT

The Ohio State Fair reopened for business on Thursday morning, although rides were not expected to resume operating immediately.

Investigators continued to look into what caused the accident, our affiliate station ABC 6 reports.

Two people injured in the incident were discharged from the hospital early this morning. Officials said one person remains in critical condition.

A ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair Wednesday, resulting in the death of one person and injuries to seven others.

The Columbus Division of Fire announced that of those injured, one person is in critical condition while two are in stable condition.

The Ohio State Fair tweeted that it had received reports of an incident on one of its rides and was investigating the matter.

Some Twitter users on Wednesday voiced alarm at the incident, which occurred during the height of summer.

Other people on the social media platform expressed outrage that footage of the accident is circulating online.

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) announced in a statement that his state’s fair would stop until Wednesday’s accident is fully probed.

“I am terribly saddened by this accident, by the loss of life and that people were injured enjoying Ohio’s fair,” he said.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to those grieving and injured,” added Kasich, who competed with President Trump for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

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

Columbus Division of Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin confirmed that one of the people injured Wednesday is a 13-year-old boy.

Martin said one of the rows of seats on the Fire Ball ride “snapped off,” causing the tragic accident.

Wednesday was reportedly the opening day of the fair, and it was initially scheduled to run until Aug. 6.

Our affiliate WSYX/WTTE contributed to this report.

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