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Investigation into Ohio State Fair ride continues, five remain hospitalized

The accident happened on the Fire Ball ride. According to witness reports, one of the seats flew off, causing some riders to be ejected. (WSYX/WTTE)

Investigators continued to review videos and evidence Thursday morning after a ride malfunction killed a teen Wednesday evening.

Several others were seriously injured according to authorities. The victims ranged in age between 13 and 41-years-old. The fire department confirmed that an 18-year-old man was killed.

The accident happened on the Fire Ball ride. According to witness reports, one of the seats flew off, causing some riders to be ejected.

"One of them just came off, all the way off," said rider Devray Williams. "Everybody just started... to tuck it in, they couldn't move. I just remember this little girl screaming for her mom."

Another witness said, "The red something just fell down. Boom. Kids were just flying off of their. It was tragic."

Three of the injured were treated at Wexner Medical Center. As of 4 a.m. Thursday, two patients were in critical condition and the other remained in serious condition. Dr David Evans said all three had surgeries overnight, two patients had surgeries this morning. He said all three will have additional surgeries this week. Their ages ranged from late teens mid 40s.

Two people were discharged from Grant Medical Center Thursday morning according to officials. One person remained in critical condition.

ABC 6/FOX 28 reached out to Nationwide Children's Hospital. They confirmed that a child was treated and released in connection to the incident.

The area where the accident occurred remained blocked off for investigation. The ride was guarded by state patrol through the night.

The fair was expected to open at 9 a.m. Rides were not expected to reopen until inspections mark every ride as safe.

According to a PR representative, inspections happened around the clock overnight Thursday.

Governor Kasich was expected to be at the scene around 11 a.m. Thursday as the state continues what they call "a full review of ride safety."

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is urging any one who witnessed the crash or has video to call them at 614-799-6633.

ABC 6/FOX 28 will continue to cover the latest from the Ohio State Fair grounds.

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