COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO) - The families of three people injured at the Ohio State Fair released a joint statement Thursday. Two of three patients at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center remain in critical condition, the other patient remains in serious condition after multiple surgeries.
"We want to thank the community for its outpouring of concern for our loved ones who are being treated at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. We appreciate all of your prayers, and we are keeping those who were injured and died in our prayers as well. As we focus our attention on the long healing process, we are asking media and the community to respect our privacy during this very difficult time. We are declining media requests for interviews at this time. Thank you."
A ride at the Ohio State Fair fell apart mid-ride Wednesday night, killing an 18-year-old man and injuring seven others.
Tyler Jarrell, 18, of Columbus, was pronounced deceased at the fairgrounds. Jarrell had just signed up with the Marines a week ago. The U.S. Marine Corps said in a statement that Jarrell had enlisted last Friday and was to begin basic training next summer.
According to the OSHP, the injured victims include:
- Tamika Dunlap, 36, of Reynoldsburg
- Russell Franks, 42, of Columbus
- Keziah Lewis, 19, of Columbus
- Jacob Andrews, 22, of Pataskala
- Jennifer Lambert, 18, of Columbus
- Abdihakim Hussein, 19, of Columbus
- A 14 year-old male is not being identified, per request from the family
The incident is still under investigation.