One dead, several critical after popular thrill ride breaks apart in the U.S.

ONE person has been killed and seven others injured – at least three of them critically – after being flung from an “aggressive” swinging and spinning thrill ride in the United States.

The group was ejected from the Fire Ball ride when it malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday.

The horrific scenes were captured on camera, with footage uploaded to social media showing the heart-stopping moment an entire carriage broke away from the ride and two people were flung through the air.

Out of respect for the victims and their families, myGC has decided not to show the footage.

It’s understood one man was killed and seven other people were injured when the ride broke apart.

Of the seven injured riders, at least three of them are said to still be in a critical condition.

A woman who was at the fair at the time and witnessed the horror told CNN the ride had five people in each cart.

“At least two (people) flew through the air at least 20 feet before landing on their backs on the concrete,” she said.

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According to Fox 28, the victims range in age between 13 and 41 years old.

Governor of Ohio, John Kasich released a statement on Twitter, expressing his condolences and demanding a full investigation into the incident.

“I am terribly saddened by this accident, by the loss of life and that people were injured enjoying Ohio’s fair. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those grieving and injured,” Mr Kasich said.

“I have ordered a full investigation into this incident and have ordered that all fair rides be shut down until additional safety inspections can be completed.”

This is a breaking news article. No further information was available at the time of writing.