The teen killed in the tragic incident in Ohio on Wednesday night has been identified as a U.S. Marine recruit.
"Our heartfelt condolences go out to Poolee Tyler Jarrell's family and all those affected by his loss," a statement from Public Affairs Chief Sgt. Caitlin Brink said. "The Marines are greatly saddened by this tragedy. We are truly proud to have known him as one of the brave few willing to step up and serve his country in the U.S. Marine Corps."
Jarrell had enlisted just five days before the accident at the Ohio State Fair.
He was scheduled to attend basic training at Parris Island in South Carolina next summer, Brink said. He hoped to become a combat engineer.
State officials said the "Fire Ball" ride had been inspected before it "malfunctioned" at 7:24 p.m.
Videos posted on social media showed a part of the ride breaking off mid-swing and throwing riders through the air.
In addition to Jarrell, seven other people were injured including:
- 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
- 14-year-old male victim whose name will not be released
Ohio Gov. John Kasich ordered all rides at the fair be shut down pending inspections.
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