An 18-year youth lost his life in the tragedy that hit Ohio State fair yesterday when the fireball ride in which he was sitting broke apart in mid air. At least seven other people suffered injuries. While two are in serious condition, one person is being described to be in critical condition.
Reports suggest that the incident happened when the fireball was travelling at its fastest. The spinning ride threw the teen at least thirty feet in the air.
The 18-year Tyler Jarrell had got himself enlisted in the US Marines merely a week before the disaster took away his life at such a young age.
It was merely a few minutes after Tyler Jarrell and others had occupied their seat, when the pod snapped off in mid-air, shooting them away in the air. The 18-year old youth, an incoming senior at Franklin Heights High School, had got himself enlisted and was very excited to attend basic training on Parris Island, South Carolina beginning June 2018.
United States Marine Corps, in a press release said, “Our heartfelt condolences go out to Poolee Tyler Jarrell’s family and all those affected by his loss…We are truly proud to have known him as one of the brave few willing to step up and service his country in the United State Marine Corps.”
The death of Tyler Jarrell was mourned by South-Western City School District. Franklin Heights High School is one of its schools. In a statement Bill Wise said, “The loss of a student, at any age, is a tragic event. We extend our deepest sympathy and most heartfelt condolences to the family, relatives, friends, and classmates of Tyler…We are supporting the family, our staff and students as they work through this great loss.”
Jarrell was pronounced dead at the fairgrounds Wednesday night following the incident, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. The ride malfunction happened about 7:30 p.m., and it left an additional seven people injured. When the incident took place, the machine was moving with a great force. David Evans, the center’s medical director said, “Having that video really showed us that this was a great force and a great mechanism, really consistent with a high-speed motor vehicle crash with an ejection, really something more along those lines”.
Meanwhile, the Marine Corps said that Tyler Jarrell of Columbus had enlisted last Friday and was to begin basic training next summer. “We are truly proud to have known him as one of the brave few willing to step up and serve his country in the United States Marine Corps,” the statement said. Reports suggest that the young man was eager to be in the infantry or serve as a combat engineer.
Ohio State Highway Patrol says 18-year-old Tyler Jarrell of Columbus, Ohio, was killed in Ohio State Fair ride accident; 7 others injured. pic.twitter.com/DWtTE1R5z0
— Dan Linden (@DanLinden) July 27, 2017