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Settlement reached seven months after Fire Ball ride malfunction at Ohio State Fair

Settlement reached in Fire Ball ride malfunction
Posted at 7:39 PM, Feb 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-15 19:39:42-05

In July 2017, a horrifying scene unfolded at the Ohio State Fair as the ride Fire Ball malfunctioned and ejected an entire row of riders.

One person was left dead. Seven others were injured. 

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Now, seven months later, an agreement has been reached between those injured during the ride malfunction and the State of Ohio.

The two parties negotiated and agreed to a settlement, but a lawsuit must be filed and the settlement approved by the Ohio Court of Claims for the settlement to move forward.

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Here is the motion made during Thursday's meeting of the Ohio Exposition Commission:

After discussion with legal counsel and with the best interest of the Ohio Expositions Commission and the state of Ohio, Mr. Andy Doehrel moved, seconded by Mr. Greg Simpson, to approve the settlement between Fire Ball accident injured parties and the State of Ohio including the Ohio Expositions Commission, the terms being no money coming out of the state treasury and the plaintiffs to fully release the State of Ohio including the Ohio Expositions Commission.