Some rides at Ohio State Fair cleared to resume operations after deadly accident

Posted at 1:18 PM, Jul 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-28 13:18:43-04

The children's area attractions and some other Ohio State Fair rides are expected to re-open soon while inspections of other rides continue after a deadly accident this week.

Agriculture Department spokesman Mark Bruce said Friday the fair's Kiddieland and other "low-impact" rides, including the giant slide, have been re-inspected and cleared to resume operations.

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Gov. John Kasich shut down all the rides and ordered them inspected again in the aftermath of a Wednesday night ride malfunction that killed one man and injured seven other people.

Bruce said 28 rides are expected to begin running again Friday afternoon. That's fewer than half of the rides at the state fair, which opened Wednesday.

The Dutch manufacturer of the Fire Ball ride that malfunctioned has told operators of the same attraction and other fairs and festivals to halt its use while investigation continues.