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Corrosion of ride caused deadly Ohio State Fair accident, manufacturer says

Corrosion of ride caused deadly Ohio State Fair accident, manufacturer says

The manufacturer of a state fair thrill ride that killed an 18-year-old man at the Ohio State Fair last month said the ride failed because of excessive corrosion on a support beam that caused a "catastrophic failure". So what exactly caused this tragic situation??

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

"It was determined that excessive corrosion on the interior of the gondola support beam dangerously reduced the beam's wall thickness over the years", the statement said.

The accident, on the swinging ride known as the Fire Ball, also injured seven others.

Hopefully, this update gives the victims and their loved ones some form of closure.




Investigators visited the accident site, reviewed video footage of the July 26 incident, and conducted a metallurgical inspection of the attraction, KMG said.

Almost two weeks after an "aggressive thrill" ride broke into pieces with passengers still on it, killing one rider and injuring several others, investigators believe they know what might have caused the Fire Ball to break apart: age and corrosion.

Tyler Jarrell died of blunt force trauma injuries after being tossed 50 feet (15 meters) into the air when the ride broke apart.

The company had ordered fair and carnival operators throughout the country to stop using the Fire Ball ride and others like it following the accident at the Ohio State Fair. The Associated Press reports that Jarrell, a Columbus native, was enrolled for basic training in the summer of 2018. Sunday was the fair's last day.

"It's been looked at about three or four times over the course of two days", Michael Vartorella, chief ride inspector for Ohio's Division of Amusement Ride Safety, said in July.

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