Deadly Ohio State Fair Ride Accident Caused By 'Excessive Corrosion'

08 Августа, 2017, 00:41 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • JUST IN: Fire Ball maker cites corrosion as cause of Fair accident

So what exactly caused this tragic situation??

The Fire Ball, sold by the company under the name Afterburner, is a mechanical ride that swings passengers up to 20 metres into the air while spinning at 15 revolutions per minute, according to the company's website.

KMG International, a Dutch-based company that rents out rides to fairs around the world, said in a statement released Sunday that an internal investigation found that "excessive corrosion on the interior of the gondola support beam dangerously reduced the beam's wall thickness over the years".

State officials said the ride had been inspected multiple times before it malfunctioned.

The victim, Tyler Jarrell, died of blunt force trauma injuries after being tossed 50 feet into the air when the ride broke apart.

The accident happened on the Fireball thrill ride, when one row of seats detached from the supporting arm of the attraction while it was in motion.

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KMG said it will collaborate with "industry safety experts to develop an inspection protocol" to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Ohio Department of Agriculture records showed passing marks on inspections for the Fire Ball on about three dozen items, including possible cracks, brakes, proper assembly and installation.

The teen had just enlisted in the Marine Corps and was about to head to basic training next year.

Excessive corrosion is behind last month's fatal ride malfunction at the Ohio State Fair. His family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

A co-owner of the company that provides rides at the fair in Columbus has said he's certain the ride fell apart because of a mechanical problem.

The ride's manufacturer, KMG, announced investigation results Sunday, almost two weeks after the accident.

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