Ohio State Fair Ride Accident Cause Listed By Manufacturer

Ride manufacturer says 'excessive corrosion' led to deadly accident at Ohio State Fair

BREAKING: Cause Released on Fatal Ohio Fair Incident

The manufacturer of an attraction that broke apart mid-ride at the Ohio State Fair says excessive corrosive on a support beam caused the accident.

Tyler Jarrell, an 18-year-old Marine, was killed in the accident. His girlfriend, 18-year-old Keziah Lewis, remains hospitalized in serious condition.

The Dutch maker of the fairground attraction which malfunctioned at a fair in OH in the United States last month says the accident was due to a seriously corroded support beam.

An investigation at the scene determined that "excessive corrosion on the interior of the gondola support beam dangerously reduced the beam's wall thickness over the years", KMG International, the manufacturer of the amusement park ride, said in a statement. The company also conducted a metallurgical inspection of the ride. His family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Sunday was the fair's last day. A video of the incident reportedly shows a section of the ride coming apart and screams as two or more people were sent into the air.

The Dutch company teamed up with industry safety experts to develop an inspection protocol to ensure that all rides in operation are safe.

The company had ordered fair and carnival operators throughout the country to stop using the Fire Ball ride and others like it following the accident at the Ohio State Fair.

Amusements of America, the fairground vendor, describes the Fire Ball as a "spectacular", "aggressive thrill" ride that swings riders more than 40 feet into the air and spins them at 13 revolutions per minute.

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