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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: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
DAYTON — PHOTOS: Images from the Air Show
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: F-22 Raptor takes over Dayton skies | Cincinnati’s Redline Aerobatic Team | Jet-powered WACO biplane | Tuskegee Airmen P-51C Mustang | Oracle biplane doesn’t believe in the laws of physics |
Saturday’s lineup of feature acts included: the Tuskegee Airmen, P-51 Mustang, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Vicky Benzing, B-17 Movie Memphis Belle, Redline, Sean Tucker, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight, CareFlight dedication, Tora Tora Tora, Jet Waco and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.
3:35 p.m. U.S. Navy Blue Angels
The iconic U.S. Navy Blue Angels fly six F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets in a tightly choreographed, high-energy demonstration. The F-18 generators of their aircraft are made by GE Aviation in Vandalia.
2:55 p.m. Jet Waco
The Jack Link’s Beef Jerky “Screamin’ Sasquatch” Jet Waco is a highly modified 1929 Taperwing Waco that can fly vertically and has a loud roar to please the crowds.
2:40 p.m. Tora, Tora, Tora
This is the dramatic recreation of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor.
2:30 p.m. CareFlight Dedication
CareFlight, the air-medical transport service, is celebrating 35 years of service by participating in the air show.
2:15 p.m. Heritage Flight
2 p.m. U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor
This is a rare appearance in Dayton of the world’s most formidable stealth fighter, which can reach supersonic airspeeds of Mach 1.5 without using the afterburner.
1:47 p.m. Sean Tucker
Sean Tucker, who flies the Oracle biplane, is one of the world’s best aviators, is recognized as one of the Living Legends of Flight. Did you know he learned to fly to conquer a fear of flying? He serves as chairman of the Young Eagles Program and works with at-risk children through the Every Kid Can Fly program. He also offers the Sean D. Tucker Young Eagles Essay contest for a chance to win a flight with him ahead of the air show.
1:30 p.m. Redline Airshows
The Cincinnati-based aerobatic team returns to the Dayton skies with their formation flying.
1:20 p.m. B-17 Movie Memphis Belle
The movie Memphis Belle commemorates the real B-17 Memphis Belle Flying Fortress World War II heavy bomber.
1 p.m.: Vicky Benzing
The accomplished pilot, skydiver, aerobatic performer and air racer brings her high-energy and action-packed routine to Dayton for the first time.
12:30 p.m.: U.S. Army Golden Knights
The Golden Knights paratroopers, formed in 1959, last appeared in Dayton in 2015. They thrill spectators with intricate canopy work along with their etreme-precision skydiving formations and landings.
12:24 p.m.: P-51C Red Tail Mustang “Tuskegee Airmen” - Watch Here
The aircraft inspires spectators in the air as well as on the ground.
Noon: Redline Tease
The Cincinnati-based aerobatic team gives a hint of its performance to come.
Gates are open for today’s 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show.
The first acts take to the skies at noon and fly through 4:15 p.m.
Today’s lineup of feature flying acts include: the Tuskegee Airmen, P-51 Mustang, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Vicky Benzing, B-17 Movie Memphis Belle, Redline, Sean Tucker, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight, CareFlight dedication, Tora Tora Tora, Jet Waco and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.
Gates close at 6 p.m., and will be open again from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 10:19 AM
CENTERVILLE — Lawn chairs are already lining East Franklin Street, claiming spots for the 2018 Americana Festival parade, more than a week before the event begins.
The Americana Festival parade begins July 4 at 10 a.m. on East Franklin west of Centerville High School and proceeds west to Cline Elementary on Virginia Avenue, according to organizers.
Organizers said more than 120 units will be participating in the 2018 edition of the parade, which fills the streets with spectators every year.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 12:53 AM
Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 8:18 AM
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Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 3:51 AM
Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 10:46 AM
TODAY: Afternoon clouds are expected as highs reach near normal levels in the lower 80s, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.
A few passing showers or storms near Butler, Warren, and Clinton counties are expected, but most activity stay south of the Miami Valley completely.
TUESDAY: Sunshine and scattered clouds to start. Highs peak in the mid-80s with a heat index around 90 degrees. Some afternoon showers and storms develop late afternoon and evening.
WEDNESDAY: Sunshine with warm and muggy temperatures in the mid-80s. Heat index reaches around 90 degrees again. Scattered showers and storms in the afternoon and evening look to bring localized heavy rain and gusty winds.
THURSDAY: Some sunshine and a few clouds as it begin to heat up with temperatures in the upper 80s. The heat index reaches in the mid-90s as it looks to stay dry for the day.
FRIDAY: A dry end to the week with hot and very humid temperatures. Highs reach in the low 90s with a heat index around 100 degrees.