Governor Calls for Fixing SkyGlider at Ohio State Fair

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is calling for the SkyGlider, at the Ohio State Fair, to be shut down for this year if much-needed repairs are not made.

The ride's manufacturer notified fair officials over a year ago, in a letter, about the need to repair the chairs used on the SkyGlider, with corrosion an issue on the aging ride. The chairs are also in need of a paint job.

That letter was ignored until just recently, with the repairs needed before the 2018 fair.

DeWine says safety is the most important issue when it comes to rides at state and county fairs across Ohio.

At the 2017 fair, the "Fire Ball" ride broke apart during operation, killing one person and injuring several others, many of them seriously.

Corrosion was determined to be the cause of that accident.

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