Ride Manufacturer Reveals The Cause Of Deadly Ohio State Fair Accident

Ride manufacturer says excessive corrosion led to fatal accident at Ohio State Fair

The manufacturer of a ride that malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair last month is blaming corrosion on a support beam for last month's accident, which killed an 18-year-old man. KMG said it now knows how to check its Fireball and Afterburner rides for similar problems.

Franklin County Coroner Anahi Ortiz said that Jarrell died of blunt force trauma, suffering head, trunk and lower extremity injuries when the Fire Ball malfunctioned.

The rides at the fair were initially closed after the incident but were later reopened.

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

The teen had just enlisted in the Marine Corps and was about to head to basic training next year. Sunday was the fair's last day.

Video taken by a bystander of the ride in action captured a crashing sound.

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. The ride had passed multiple inspections in the days leading up to the accident.

Albert Kroon, the product manager for KMG, which makes the ride, said KMG is collaborating with other safety experts in the industry to create a better safety and inspection protocol that will keep other accidents like this from occurring, CNN reported.

Ohio Department of Agriculture records showed passing marks on inspections for Fire Ball on about three dozen items, including possible cracks, brakes, proper assembly and installation.

Amusements of America, the company that provides rides to the state fair, said its staff also had inspected the ride.



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