After one person was killed and seven others were injured when a ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair Wednesday night, many are asking if festival and amusement park rides are safe.
Amusement park and festival ride accidents in Ohio are uncommon, according to a Dayton Daily News investigation conducted last year.
The only ride-related death in Ohio over the last three years happened in 2015 when a 45-year-old man was struck by a roller coaster at Cedar Point in Sandusky. Police said the man had finished riding the Raptor roller coaster and jumped a fence to retrieve a cell phone when he was hit by the ride.
Last year, the state’s chief ride inspector said most accidents are not caused by ride operators, but from people with pre-existing conditions who ignore warnings or putting kids on a ride who aren’t ready.
BY THE NUMBERS
Ohio ride safety inspection program
Number of accidents
2014 - 12
2015 - 5
2016 - 3
Number of deaths
2014 - 0
2015 - 1
2016 - 0