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Victims Of Deadly Ride Malfunction At Ohio State Fair Speak Out — As Details About The Killed Rider Are Released

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One of the eight victims of a deadly ride malfunction at the Ohio State Fair this week is speaking out after leaving the hospital.

Abdihakim Hussein told WCMH that Wednesday's ride turned horror machine was his very first trip to a fair — and definitely would be his last.

The 19-year-old and his 20-year-old girlfriend Hannah Sallee had lined up for the Fire Ball just after arriving at the Columbus-based event with friends.

As the Fire Ball swung in its signature pendulum motion during the ride, the pair noticed the ground was creeping closer and closer to them. If that wasn't scary enough, the employee running the attraction didn't seem to know how to stop it.

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Hussein recalled:

"I'm sitting there scared, trying to get off and it's still swinging. I'm looking at the dude like, ‘Are you going to stop this?' And he didn't know what he was doing, just clicking the button. Afterwards, he just ran."

The first time rider said debris from the ride hit half of his body after the row of seats next to them collided with the barrier of the platform. Sallee, who sat next to him, barely missed getting hit.

Hussein said the ride kept swinging even after the collision which caused the death of one rider, remembering:

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