Ohio State Fair Accident Caused By 'Excessive Corrosion,' Ride Manufacturer Says

Marie Harrington
August 8, 2017

The manufacturer of an attraction that broke apart mid-ride at the Ohio State Fair says excessive corrosive on a support beam caused the accident. So what exactly caused this tragic situation??

It said the corrosion "dangerously reduced" the thickness on the wall of the beam holding a passenger gondola on the swinging and spinning ride.

"Commissioner Berry, as we've said before, if a ride has passed inspection by our inspectors in our department, she would feel comfortable putting her grandchildren on that ride", said Jason Tyson, a spokesman for the Labor Department.

A statement on KMG's website said the company officials visited the accident site and conducted metallurgical tests.

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

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Working with industry safety experts, KMG has developed an inspection plan for maintaining and inspecting rides, product manager Albert Kroon said in a statement.

The Monmouth County Fair in New Jersey immediately shut down a ride similar to the Ohio State Fair's Fire Ball after the incident, ABC station WABC in NY reported.

KMG ordered similar rides shut down worldwide after the accident. Jarrell was about to begin his senior year in high school and had enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. His family expects to sue the fair for wrongful death over the incident, CBS News reported.

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

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