Probe blames 'excessive corrosion' for fatal accident at Ohio State Fair

Posted August 08, 2017

KMG said in a statement that the thrill ride known as the "KMG Fireball", and also as the "Afterburner", was 18 years old and had "excessive corrosion on the interior of the gondola support beam dangerously reduced the beam's wall thickness over the years".

CNN reported that the Afterberner ride was inspected several times before it broke apart during operation. The company said it conducted an investigation into the incident, which included a visit to the scene and a review of video footage of the incident.

Well, according to the manufacturer of the Fire Ball ride, the 20-year-old machine's break down was caused by "excessive corrosion". Jarrell had recently enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps and was supposed to attend basic training next year.

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

A 2013 study by the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, found that on average during the summer, 20 children a day are treated in emergency rooms for injuries related to amusement rides. A section holding four riders came apart, and screams could be heard as at least two people were ejected and plunged to the ground.

The manufacture said it has collaborated with "industry safety experts to develop an inspection protocol" to prevent future accidents from occurring.

State officials said the Fire Ball had been inspected just hours before the crash.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich ordered all the fair's rides shut down for a new round of safety inspections in the immediate aftermath.