Manufacturer says corrosion caused ride to break apart

Ohio State Fair ride malfunction

The manufacturer of the ride that left one person dead and seven others injured at the Ohio State Fair last month said the accident was caused by "excessive corrosion". So what exactly caused this tragic situation??

Michael Vartorella, Ohio's chief inspector of amusement ride safety, said the Fire Ball was inspected three or four times before the fair opened. "This finally led to the catastrophic failure of the ride during operation", the company says in a letter dated August 4.

The company also stated that it had conducted an investigation into the accident that included a visit to the scene, review of video footage of the incident as well as a metallurgical inspection of the attraction.

The victim, Tyler Jarrell, died of blunt force trauma injuries after being tossed 50 feet into the air when the ride broke apart.

The teen had just enlisted in the Marine Corps and was about to head to basic training next year.




The Dutch maker of the fairground attraction which malfunctioned at a fair in OH in the United States last month says the accident was due to a seriously corroded support beam.

Similar rides were shut down across the country following the deadly accident.

The manufacture said it has collaborated with "industry safety experts to develop an inspection protocol" to prevent future accidents from occurring. The Great Allentown Fair once featured a smaller version, but it is no longer in the fair's ride package, a state official said.

Jarrell's family has hired a civil attorney to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit, according to the Associated Press. Sunday was the fair's last day.

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