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Published: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 5:52 PM
Updated: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 8:03 PM
COLUMBUS — The trooper at the Ohio State Fair was breathless as he radioed in the first report of the deadly accident at the Fire Ball ride.
“Headquarters. On the Scrambler machine, somebody fell off,” the officer says at 7:24 p.m. “I’m on the east side.”
The next several minutes of radio traffic paints an urgent, chaotic scene as more emergency personnel arrive.
“We need a squad here,” another first responder reports. Says another: “Headquarters. He’s unconscious. No pulse.”
“I’m gonna need fire down here with extraction equipment. They’re trapped inside the ride. They’re going to need to be cut out,” one officer says.
The Ohio Department of Public Safety released dozens of audio files, photographs, videos, witness statements and more on Tuesday afternoon. Much of the material included previously reported information about the Fire Ball accident on July 26, opening day of the Ohio State Fair, when 18-year-old Tyler Jarrell was killed and several others were seriously injured.
But the 49-minute recording of radio traffic shows that troopers, medics, firefighters, police cadets and other first responders worked quickly and efficiently to treat and transport the injured, control and holdback curious onlookers, and track down the ride operator who initially ran away.
The first report came in at 7:24. Three minutes later, Columbus Fire Department’s engine 18 and an EMS unit rolled through Gate 7.
Media were sent to the training academy while family members of victims were sent to the FFA Center. Troopers used the Ohio Highway Patrol training academy grounds just north of the fairgrounds to land and launch a patrol helicopter, which was used to take aerial photos.
An angry crowd gathered outside the trailer owned by Amusements of America, the ride and concessions operator. “There is a huge crowd up here and they’re getting pretty heated,” an officer radioed in. Columbus officers from the mounted division rode in on horseback while more troopers moved into “keep the peace.”
A timeline document released Tuesday starts with the initial report at 7:24pm and ends with “all evidence collected is secured” at 12:04 a.m. In between the crowd control and helping victims, troopers collected statements from 25 witnesses or others.
Among them was 14-year-old Tyler Griffin, who was injured on the ride that he rode with his friend, Kobe Patterson.
“One of the girls who got on the ride, she picked her seat and the safety latch wouldn’t go down….Once the ride started we went around a couple of times and nothing happened. And as soon as we got a couple of feet in the air and the ride started to go faster, the latch that held the cart together broke off and hit the gate and two people fell out,” said Griffin, who was on it for the fifth time that evening.
“When the ride broke down metal pieces started flying everywhere and some hit my arm,” he said. “There was a lot of metal and dust everywhere.”
Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 1:54 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 3:42 AM
— Heavy rains made for tough driving conditions Saturday, but high water remains a concern through the weekend.
Lower lying and more rural roads are at a greater risk of flooding, such as Ohio 68 in Beavercreek, and Ohio 725, which is closed until further notice between Peniwit and Lower Bellbrook roads.
“We just want motorists to take a little extra time in planning where they want to go,” Sgt. Rod Murphy of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.
Anyone planning to head out this morning should be aware of potential flooding that could block your way.
If you see standing water in the roadway, turn around, even if the water appears shallow.
“It’s not worth the risk. It’s better to just safely turn around and find another way,” Murphy said.
On wet roadways another concern is hydroplaning, when tires lose their grip on the pavement. Motorists in that situation are advised to “just let off the gas, slow down, and try to get to a safe area,” Murphy said.
Late Saturday and early Sunday there were reports of flooding throughout the Miami Valley.
3:27 a.m.: High water reported at Wilson Road between Fenner Road and OH-55.
3:05 a.m.: South Valley at US-35 is shut-down due to high water.
1:45 a.m.: April Lane at New Germany Trebien Road and Beavery Valley Road closed.
12:00 a.m.: Upper Bellbrook Road reported having high water.
12:00 a.m.: High water on US-68 and North at Sutton Road caused a vehicle slide off and a police cruiser was damaged.
11:30 p.m.: Hebble Creek was out of its banks in Fairborn in Greene County
Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 1:46 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 3:21 AM
BEAVERCREEK — UPDATE @ 3:20 a.m.:
Power was restored to the Beavercreek area, according to the DP&L Outage Map.
It is not known what caused the outage.
DP&L crews are working on restoring power to over 2,500 customers Sunday.
A mainline feeder de-energized and locked out, forcing several in Beavercreek, Research Park area and customers off North Fairfield Road to lose power around 12:30 a.m., according to Director of Operations for DP&L Kelly Milhouse.
Crews are working to identify the cause. There is no estimated time for when customer’s power will be restored, Milhouse said.
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:27 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 9:55 PM
— As a Flood Watch remains in effect for the southern Miami Valley counties through Sunday morning, creeks, streams and fields will likely flood, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.
“Creeks and streams, if not already, will likely be out of their banks through the weekend,” she said. “Fields will also be flooded with the heavy rains that arrive Friday and Saturday.”
There are flood alerts over the next couple days.
There’s a lag between the heavy rain and water levels rising, which is why creeks, streams and rivers won’t recede until the start to the new week, Zontini said.
The Great Miami River is expected to crest, or hit its highest levels, this weekend.
In Troy, the Great Miami River is expected to crest at 13.6 feet Sunday, and in Dayton, the river is expected to crest, also Sunday, at 32.3 feet. And in Middletown, the Great Miami River is expected to crest at 12.4 feet Sunday.
The Stillwater River in Englewood is expected to crest Monday at 33.6 feet.
When the river does crest, here are the areas that will see flooding, according to the National Weather Service.
ENGLEWOOD (Stillwater River)
DAYTON (Great Miami River)
SIDNEY (Great Miami River)
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 5:32 AM
Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 11:55 PM
— The heavy rain threat will come to an end overnight as the storm system moves to our east, but a few lingering showers will be possible through daybreak Sunday, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Temperatures will be steady in the middle to upper 40s overnight.
Sunday: A pre-dawn shower is possible early, but aside from that clouds will decrease to allow for some afternoon sunshine with highs in the lower 50s. It’s also going to be a windy day with winds gusting over 30 mph at times.
Monday: Mostly sunny skies are expected with highs in the lower to middle 50s.
Tuesday: We get back into the upper 50s with mostly sunny skies.
Wednesday: The chance for rain returns in the afternoon and evening. Highs will be in the upper 50s.
Thursday: Rain showers are expected with highs in the middle 50s.