Criminal investigation of Ohio State Fair accident concludes

WTVG - According to a release from The Ohio State Highway Patrol the agency has completed the criminal investigation into the fatal ride accident that occurred on July 26 at the Ohio State Fair.

Troopers presented the findings of the criminal investigation to the Franklin County Prosecutors Office on August 21, 2017. After reviewing the case, Prosecutor Ron O’Brien concluded there was not enough evidence to proceed with a criminal case. With the criminal portion of the investigation completed, the Fireball ride will remain securely stored at the Ohio State Fair and Exposition Center until it is released to Amusements of America.

The release states that troopers interviewed over 80 witnesses during the investigation including those on the ride at the time of the accident. Troopers and third party experts completed non-destructive inspections of the ride, which includes measurements, mapping, scanning and photography. Representatives from the Department of Agriculture, Amusements of America, KMG, the Ohio State Fair and Expo Center and the Consumer Products Safety Administration collaborated in the investigation.