COLUMBUS, Ohio — The young man who lost his life in the freak incident when a thrill ride broke apart at the Ohio State Fair has been identified by authorities as Tyler Jarrell. A CBSNews report claims that the 18-year old youth had just signed up with the Marines.
The Marine Corps reportedly said that Tyler Jarrell had signed up with the Marines just over a week ago and he was very excited to his prospects of joining the Marines.
While Tyler Jarrell lost his life in the unfortunate accident, seven other people sustained from severe to moderate injuries. A footage that is going viral for the last several hours actually shows several people on the Fire Ball ride seconds before parts of the structure, including a full row of seats, split up and fell.
The incident happened at around 7:20 pm (local time) Wednesday in Columbus. Reports suggest that the entire structure broke apart as it was in full motion. While talking about the incident, Ohio State Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. Paul A. Pride said ‘It’s my worst nightmare’
Reports suggest that at least three people were brought to Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Latest reports suggest that at least one person was in very serious condition while the condition of two other people who got injured in the incident is being described as critical condition.
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
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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”.
In the meantime The 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.