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Second Person Dies After 2017 Ohio State Fair Accident

Fire Ball Ride Sign
Rusty Clark

A 19-year-old woman has died just over a year after she suffered a traumatic brain injury in a thrill ride accident at last year's Ohio State Fair.

An attorney for Jennifer Lambert says she died Friday. She had been in long-term care since the accident that killed an 18-year-old high school student.

Attorney James Arnold says Lambert died from liver failure and that her death may not have been directly related to the injuries she suffered at the fair.

Lambert was 18 when a carriage on the Fire Ball ride broke apart and slammed onto the midway in July 2017. The ride's manufacturer blamed the accident on a rusted steel arm that held the carriage.

Lambert earlier this year received a $1.8 million settlement from the ride's owner and two private inspection companies.

A bipartisan bill named after 18-year-old Tyler Jarrell, who was killed in the same accident, has gotten stalled in the Ohio Statehouse. "Tyler's Law" would require more ride inspectors and records of amusement rides.

This year's Ohio State Fair saw a bump in attendance from last year, which was mired by the incident. No major amusement ride problems were reported.