Whoa! The horrific moment was caught on video by someone waiting in line for the ride.
You go to the fair to have fun and enjoy the rides. We put a lot of trust in the carnival rides and the carnival workers.
Which is weird considering the way our culture throws abuse at the ‘carnies’ responsible for keeping these rides in proper working order.
We wouldn’t trust them to babysit our kids, but we’ll put our lives in their hands.
Most of the time, there’s nothing to worry about. Everything is just fine.
But anything that’s mechanical has a potential for failure. Usually, it’s something annoying like being held upside-down for a long time. Or being stuck at the top of the Ferris Wheel for an hour or two.
Sadly, sometimes things go horribly, horribly wrong. Like they did in Ohio.
We don’t know what happened, and won’t speculate as to the cause of the tragedy that struck there.
The young boy who filmed the fatal ride malfunction that occurred at the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday revealed that bystanders began screaming at the operator to slow down just moments before the crash.
Julian Bellinger was filming The Fireball as he stood in line with his friends to get on the ride when it suddenly broke, killing one person and injuring seven others.
He recounted what happened in an interview with Good Morning America, saying: ‘We were just recording each other on Snapchat and we had deleted the video because we heard like commotion on the ride and there was people on the ride like, “Slow it down, it’s too fast,” and all this. So people on the ground beside me and in front of me in line… they all were like, “whoa, whoa, slow down.”‘
Julian said at that moment the operator ‘pressed the emergency brake,’ with the teenager stating that he had to turn his head away when he started to see people fall out of their harnesses and seats on the ride.’
Source: Daily Mail
And because everyone has a phone in their pocket, the incident was filmed.
WARNING — DISTURBING VIDEO:
Eyewitness account of the aftermath: (LANGUAGE WARNING)