'Excessive Corrosion' Blamed For Ohio State Fair Incident

Jerome Frank
August 8, 2017

"Excessive corrosion" caused the Fire Ball ride collapse which killed one person with seven injured in USA state OH last month, the manufacturer said Sunday. So what exactly caused this tragic situation??

Officials said the Fire Ball ride was inspected hours before the malfunction.

KMG said in a statement that the thrill ride known as the "KMG Fireball", and also as the "Afterburner", was 18 years old and had "excessive corrosion on the interior of the gondola support beam dangerously reduced the beam's wall thickness over the years".

The ride at the OH fair was 18 years old, the company said.

KMG said its investigation has included a visit to the accident scene in Columbus, Ohio, to review video footage of the accident and to conduct metallurgical tests of the beam.

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The victim, Tyler Jarrell, died of blunt force trauma injuries after being tossed 50 feet into the air when the ride broke apart. Four others were hospitalized, including one person in a coma.

The company has now developed an "inspection protocol" to allow other rides of a similar type made by the Dutch firm to be checked out and reopened.

Jarrell had recently enlisted in the U.S. Marines and was scheduled to begin basic training next year.

The ride, though 18 years old, had passed multiple inspections before the incident, according to local media reports. Sunday was the fair's last day. His family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Kasich had ordered all rides at the State Fair to shut down until inspections could be completed.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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