Fatal Ohio State Fair ride malfunction caused by 'excessive corrosion'

Fatal Ohio State Fair ride malfunction caused by 'excessive corrosion'

Fatal Ohio State Fair ride malfunction caused by 'excessive corrosion'

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. 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", KMG International, which makes the Fireball, said. Kroon also shared that the company has vowed to "develop an inspection protocol" in order to prevent future tragedies.

Tyler Jarrell, 18, of Columbus, who was heading into his senior year of high school, died in the accident.

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OH state officials said the ride had been inspected multiple times before it malfunctioned.

Graphic video of the accident showed one of the "passenger-carrying gondolas" breaking apart from the central bar of the ride.

Working with industry safety experts, KMG has developed an inspection plan for maintaining and inspecting rides, product manager Albert Kroon said in a statement. Sunday was the fair's last day.

KMG ordered all similar rides around the world shut down following the incident. His family expects to sue the fair for wrongful death over the incident, CBS News reported. The Great Allentown Fair once featured a smaller version, but it is no longer in the fair's ride package, a state official said.

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