Ohio State Fair Accident Caused By 'Excessive Corrosion,' Ride Manufacturer Says

Trevor Jackson
August 8, 2017

A metallurgical inspection of the 18-year-old ride determined why it failed, the company said. Of the seven others injured during the accident, four required a stay at the hospital.

This led to the ride's "catastrophic failure" - AKA spinning out of control and shooting people into the air.

In a statement provided to HuffPost on Monday, Albert Kroon, product manager for KMG, said the company's investigation found that "excessive corrosion on the interior of the gondola support beam dangerously reduced the beam's wall thickness over the years".

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

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KMG said it will collaborate with "industry safety experts to develop an inspection protocol" to prevent similar incidents in the future.

The Labor Department says KMG, the manufacturer of the Fireball, is expected to have rides at this year's N.C. State Fair, though there is a temporary ban on the Fireball. The Associated Press reports that Jarrell, a Columbus native, was enrolled for basic training in the summer of 2018. The Great Allentown Fair once featured a smaller version, but it is no longer in the fair's ride package, a state official said.

The family of the man who was killed is pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit in connection with the accident.

Two days after the incident and government ordered shutdown, the state fair reopened "low impact" rides and its "Kiddieland". Sunday was the fair's last day.

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