Ohio State fair opens Wednesday, one year after tragic accident

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COLUMBUS, OHIO (WTAP)-- The Ohio State Fair is set to open Wednesday morning, one year after a devastating amusement ride tragedy.

Ride operators came to the Ohio State fair in Columbus Monday to evaluate the safety of every ride.

The inspections came after a malfunction on opening day last year led to the death of an 18-year-old and caused serious injuries to four others.

The accident led lawmakers to introduce a bill that would step up inspections at fairs and other festivals in the Buckeye state.

It would also add more inspectors with engineering backgrounds.

Fair officials say ride operators are diligently checking rides before the fair opens on Wednesday.

Ohio only has eight full-time inspectors to check four thousand rides a year.