Ohio State Fair ride accident: How common are festival ride accidents?


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.

>> RELATED: Ohio State Fair ride accident: 1 dead, 7 hurt, Fair open Thursday, rides to remain shut down

Amusement park and festival ride accidents in Ohio are uncommon, according to a Dayton Daily News investigation conducted last year.

>> RELATED: Regulators, reports say rides safe, but accidents happen

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.

>> RELATED: No major problems with roller coaster that fatally struck man

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.

>> RELATED: Ohio State Fair accident: Other serious events at fairs or on rides in Ohio

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


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