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Ohio State Fair Ride Accident Cause Listed By Manufacturer

08 August 2017

KMG, the manufacturer of the Fire Ball ride, announced Sunday that an investigation - which including an inspection of the ride and review of video footage of the July 26 incident - found that "excessive corrosion" played a part in the 18 year old ride falling apart while it was in motion.

Authorities investigate the Fire Ball amusement ride after the ride malfunctioned injuring several people at the Ohio State Fair.

A Sunday statement from the company also cited a decision by the ride's manufacturer to call on operators around the world to shut down similar rides until they can determine what happened. "This finally led to a catastrophic failure of the ride during operation".

Kroon, the product manager, wrote that KMG has collaborated with industry safety experts to "develop an inspection protocol" in order to prevent future incidents from occurring. "On the Afterburner in OH we did the maintenance until a few years ago", Kroon said at the time.

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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. He was about to begin his senior year in high school and had enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps the week before he was killed.

All other rides on the fair's midway were ordered shut down the night of the accident but eventually reopened. Local Cincinnati news station WCPO reported that Jarell's family plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

So, CBS North Carolina went to the North Carolina Labor Department, the agency tasked with inspecting amusement rides across the state to find out more about the inspection process here.

Ohio State Fair Ride Accident Cause Listed By Manufacturer