Dutch maker says corroded beam caused OH fairground accident

08 August, 2017, 00:45 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • Ride manufacturer says 'excessive corrosion' led to deadly accident at Ohio State Fair

So what exactly caused this tragic situation??

Similar rides at Dorney Park and Hersheypark had already reopened after state inspections, pennlive.com said.

In a statement released on Sunday, Albert Kroon, product manager for the ride's manufacturer KMG International, said that the corrosion of a support beam was the cause of the accident, finding that "excessive corrosion on the interior of the gondola support beam dangerously reduced the beam's wall thickness over the years", ABC News reports.

They said deterioration on a gondola caused the almost two-decade-old "Fire Ball" ride to fail, detach and send several passengers airborne.

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.

Tyler Jarrell, 18, was killed by the ride malfunction after he was thrown about 50 feet into the air.

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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.

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. Jarrell had recently enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps and was supposed to attend basic training next year.

The ride, which was 18 years old, was reportedly inspected several times before and during the fair.

Amusements of America, the company that provides rides to the state fair, said its staff also had inspected the ride. Four others were hospitalized, including one person in a coma.

The family of the man who was killed is pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit in connection with the accident.

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