Mother of Ohio State Fair accident victim opens up about what happened

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — It’s been six months since the awful accident at the Ohio State Fair. The mother of the future Marine killed on the ride is opening up about what happened that day.

Amber Duffield said when she saw what happened on the news that day she knew her son, Tyler Jarrell, wasn’t coming home. But, she said Tyler didn’t die in vain.

 Call it a mother’s intuition—

“For some reason still I can’t explain. I stopped in front of the TV and I just looked,” she said.

Duffield heard about the accident while watching the news. Right then, everything changed.

“I wasn’t sure. No one had confirmed anything with me yet, but my heart knew. My heart knew.”

Later that night, she watched as officers pulled up in front of her house.

“I barely gave them time to get out of their cruisers. I was going down that front yard beating my chest, I’m Tyler Jarrell’s mama! Where is my baby? Where is my baby?”

Duffield’s now on a mission to protect others. It’s what Tyler would have wanted, she said.

“I don’t like that it took my child’s life to bring this to the front of everybody’s vision and to bring change.” But, if he could save one life, she said, “he would have gotten on that seat again he would have gotten on that seat again.”

Coming up Monday on NBC4, How Duffield is taking action for change within Ohio’s Ride Inspection Program. Find out how she’s fighting to prevent another family from suffering. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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