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Oaks Park shuts down same ride involved in deadly Ohio State Fair incident

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Oaks Amusement Park shut down the same ride that was involved in a horrifying accident at the Ohio State Fair.

An Oaks Park spokeswoman told FOX 12 that the “Scream’n Eagle” was taken out of service Thursday as a precaution.

The same ride, under the name of “Fire Ball,” malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday and broke apart while it was in use with people on board.  

One person was killed and at least seven others were injured.

Fair organizers said the ride had passed inspections.

The same ride is very popular at the longstanding southeast Portland amusement park, according to a spokeswoman.

The ride in Portland goes through daily maintenance inspections and undergoes an annual insurance inspection.

An Oaks Park spokeswoman said the park has year-round maintenance workers keeping all their rides up to code and running properly.

“We’ve done our usual inspection, but we took the ride down out of an abundance of caution. Our hearts go out to the family of these people and the Ohio State Fair,” according to an Oaks Park statement.

Park executives are waiting for a report from the Ohio State Fair or the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions before reopening the ride.

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