Settlement agreement reached in Fire Ball accident

Passers by look at the fire ball ride as Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers stand guard at the Ohio State Fair Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The State of Ohio has reached a settlement agreement with the injured parties in the Ohio State Fair Fire Ball ride accident.

According to an email from Alicia Shoults, marketing and public relations director for the Ohio Expo Center and State Fair, the decision was reached Thursday at a meeting of the Ohio Expositions Commission.

For that settlement to move forward, Shoults said, a lawsuit must be filed and the settlement approved by the Ohio Court of Claims.

The motion reads as follows: “After discussion with legal counsel and with the best interest of the Ohio Expositions Commission and the state of Ohio, Mr. Andy Doehrel moved, seconded by Mr. Greg Simpson, to approve the settlement between Fire Ball accident injured parties and the State of Ohio including the Ohio Expositions Commission, the terms being no money coming out of the state treasury and the plaintiffs to fully release the State of Ohio including the Ohio Expositions Commission.”

Tyler Jarrell, 18, was killed and seven other people were hurt on the fair’s opening day on July 26 when the Fire Ball ride broke apart as it was swinging with a full load of passengers. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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