Family asks for prayers as Ohio State Fair accident victim remains in critical condition

Jennifer Lambert is in critical condition after injuries suffered in the accident on the Ohio State Fair's Fire Ball ride. (Family photo)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) - It's been a week and emotional family members of the Ohio State Fair tragedy victims are speaking out.

They are struggling to come to grips with what happened on the Fire Ball ride.

Tyler Jarrell, 18, was laid to rest on Tuesday after he was killed in that incident. Seven others were injured. Two people remain critical condition and two others in serious condition. The other three victims have been released from the hospital, including a 14-year-old boy.

The uncle of one of the victims, 19-year-old Jennifer Lambert, said Wednesday they are all upset. "I just go over and I see her laying there, no response. Her eyes are not open, still in coma, and they tell me her lungs have an infection," said Bruce Lenox.

Lenox said his niece was a "happy-go-lucky" girl who liked to go fishing and camping with him. Lenox said he is grateful for the Good Samaritan who carried Lambert from the ride to the fairgrounds and would like to meet her.

"I look at her as a hero. I thank her with all my heart, you know, and if I could see her today I would do that," he said.

Lenox feels empathy for the other victims and their families.

"I just think it was a total, total tragedy that they had gotten hurt like that ... that had happened. Who would have ever dreamed? I never dreamed it would happen," he said. "To be angry is no good. But to leave it in God's hands and pray and hope everything pulls through, everything is OK, that is the best thing for my life, for my family, you know," said Lenox.

Lambert's boyfriend, Jacob Andrews, 22, was riding the Fire Ball with her but is one of those recovering from his injuries at home in Pataskala. Family said Andrews had been to Grant Medical Center to see Lambert.

"I want her to live. I want her to live, I want her to be here with family, you know, again," said Lenox. "It breaks my heart to see her like that. That is not the way I remember my niece."

Lambert's mother said in a text from the hospital that she is trying to stay strong for her daughter and praying for Jennifer to wake up.

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