Ohio State Fair accident caused by 'excessive corrosion'
08 August, 2017, 00:42 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
The Ohio State Fair ride that malfunctioned in July, killing one person and injuring seven others was caused by "excessive corrosion", the ride's manufacturer said Sunday. So what exactly caused this tragic situation??
A statement on KMG's website said the company officials visited the accident site and conducted metallurgical tests.
The ride, the Fireball, had been on the circuit for 18 years when the accident happened that killed an 18-year-old.
Graphic video of the accident showed one of the "passenger-carrying gondolas" breaking apart from the central bar of the ride. Jarrell was about to begin his senior year in high school and had enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich ordered all the fair's rides shut down for a new round of safety inspections in the immediate aftermath.
Albert Kroon, the product manager for KMG, which makes the ride, said KMG is collaborating with other safety experts in the industry to create a better safety and inspection protocol that will keep other accidents like this from occurring, CNN reported.
Four of the injured remained hospitalized last week, including an 18-year-old woman in a coma, and Jarrell's 18-year-old girlfriend.
Jarrell's family has hired a civil attorney to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit, according to the Associated Press. KMG said any fairs featuring the Fireball should cease operation of the ride immediately pending further investigation.
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.
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