Ohio Fair: Corrosion Led to Deadly Ride Incident, Investigation Shows

Ohio State Fair ride malfunction

"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.

A metallurgical inspection of the 18-year-old ride determined why it failed, the company said.

One rider, an 18-year-old man, was flung more than 50 feet and died on impact, while seven others were taken to area hospitals.

The company said it conducted an investigation into the incident, which included a visit to the scene and a review of video footage of the incident.

He added, "This finally led to the catastrophic failure of the ride during operation".

Michael Vartorella, Ohio's chief inspector of amusement ride safety, said the Fire Ball was inspected three or four times before the fair opened.

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

Similar rides at Dorney Park and Hersheypark had already reopened after state inspections, pennlive.com said. The Associated Press reports that Jarrell, a Columbus native, was enrolled for basic training in the summer of 2018. The fair's last day was Sunday.

Amusements of America, the company that provides rides to the state fair, said its staff also had inspected the ride. His family expects to sue the fair for wrongful death over the incident, CBS News reported.

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