Ohio State Fair Ride Accident Cause Listed By Manufacturer

Kristopher Drake
August 8, 2017

In a letter published on the KMG Facebook page, product manager Albert Kroon says: 'it was determined that excessive corrosion on the interior of the support beam dangerously reduced the beam's thickness over the years.' An 18-year-old youth was killed and seven people injured when the gondola flew off at high speed. So what exactly caused this tragic situation?? "This finally led to the catastrophic failure of the ride during operation".

KMG said its investigation has included a visit to the accident scene in Columbus, Ohio, to review video footage of the accident and to conduct metallurgical tests of the beam. Jarrell had recently enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps and was supposed to attend basic training next year. His girlfriend, 18-year-old Keziah Lewis, remains in the hospital and is listed to be in serious condition, reported WKBN.

Despite the manufacturer's claims, previous reports from the Cleveland.com note that the ride had been inspected at least three times both by state officials and a third party, and was cleared for operation when the fair was set up prior to opening.

The Monmouth County Fair in New Jersey immediately shut down a ride similar to the Ohio State Fair's Fire Ball after the incident, ABC station WABC in NY reported.


KMG said it is working with safety experts on the inspection process after what happened.

Amusements of America, the company that provides rides to the state fair, said its staff also had inspected the ride.

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

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

Other reports by Ligue1talk

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