Ride Manufacturer Reveals The Cause Of Deadly Ohio State Fair Accident

Casey Dawson
August 8, 2017

The company that made the ride that malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair, killing one man, says "excessive corrosion" is to blame. So what exactly caused this tragic situation??

In a statement posted Sunday on Facebook, KMG, the ride's Dutch manufacturer, said the failed ride was 18 years old. "This finally led to the catastrophic failure of the ride during operation", KMG said.

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

Tyler Jarrell, 18, was killed by the ride malfunction after he was thrown about 50 feet into the air. The ride had passed multiple inspections in the days leading up to the accident.

Four of the victims - including Jarrell's girlfriend and an 18-year-old woman who is in a coma - remained hospitalized last week.

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

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According to KMG, the Fireball in OH was 18 years old.

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

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.

A co-owner of the company that provides rides at the fair in Columbus has said he's certain the ride fell apart because of a mechanical problem.

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

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