The 18-year-old man who died on a ride at the Ohio State Fair had signed up with Marines only a week ago, reports CBS News.
In a statement provided by the Marine Corps, praise was heaped on Tyler Jarrell of Columbus for his decision to make a better life for himself. Jarrell was slated to begin basic training next summer. He wanted to serve either in the infantry or as a combat engineer.
“We are truly proud to have known him as one of the brave few willing to step up and serve his country in the United States Marine Corps,” said the statement.
Jarrell was one of several people who were thrown violently to the ground when the ride malfunctioned. Of those injured, ranging in age from 14 to 42, at least two are listed in critical condition at Ohio State Medical Center.
Eye witnesses explained that they saw the Fire Ball ride swing upward and then come apart, followed by a terrible crashing sound. At least two persons were thrown from the ride, reports CBS News.
In a Thursday tweet, fair officials expressed remorse for the event – an accident that spurred Governor John Kasich to order all rides closed until inspections deemed them safe.
“Our hearts are heavy for the families of those involved in last night’s tragic accident. … We have shut down all rides until the state has inspected each and every ride again and deemed them to be safe.”
Please continue to pray for the family of Tyler Jarrell, as well as for those injured and in critical condition. For a further report on the accident itself, continue reading here.