Wisconsin State Fair reacts after amusement ride death in Ohio

NOW: Wisconsin State Fair reacts after amusement ride death in Ohio

(AP) — The Ohio State Fair opened Thursday but its amusement rides remained closed one day after a man was killed and seven other people were injured when a thrill ride broke apart and flung people into the air.

The Wisconsin State Fair released the following statement to CBS 58 in response to the accident:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families of the recent ride accident in Ohio as well as with our friends at the Ohio State Fair. The Fireball ride involved in the incident at the Ohio State Fair was not scheduled to be a part of the 2017 Wisconsin State Fair nor has it been a part of our SpinCity Amusement Ride and Game Area in the past. The Wisconsin State Fair has a rigorous ride inspection process where all rides are inspected prior to and continually during the fair. Wisconsin State Fair works in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services to inspect each ride and attraction. Additionally, for the past several years, Wisconsin State Fair has hired independent ride inspection professionals to be on-site prior to and during the 11 days of the Wisconsin State Fair continually inspecting all rides and attractions. The safety of our guests at the Wisconsin State Fair is our number one priority.

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