A deadly amusement park accident in Ohio in late July was most likely caused by “excessive corrosion”, according to a report by CNN. The accident occurred on July 26 at the Ohio State Fair. The Fire Ball is a ride with several rows of seats that hang 40 feet in the air, and spin around like a pendulum. It collapsed, and one person was killed, along with seven others getting injured. A video of the incident seems to show the ride splitting apart and people falling to the ground while still strapped into their seats.
The accident happened on the fair’s opening day. Prior to the opening, every ride underwent extensive inspections. Four other rides did not pass their inspections, but the Fire Ball was given the green light. The chief ride inspector stated that inspections are very thorough. “My children, my grandchildren, ride this equipment, so we do not rush through this stuff.”
In the aftermath, Ohio Governor John Kasich mandated that the fair shut down for the day and that a full investigation be mounted to determine the cause of the accident. During the downtime, all the rides were re-inspected for safety, and the fair continued without further incident.
The manufacturer, KMG, conducted their own investigation using industry experts and their own team as well. Their inspection involved examining footage of the incident, inspecting the ride overall, and conducting a “metallurgical inspection”. They determined that the cause was excessive corrosion on the gondola beam, which had reduced the thickness of the metal over years of use. The ride was 18 years old, and the metal simply gave out on that day.
Tyler Jarrell was killed in the accident. Mr. Jarrell was 18 years old, and had enlisted with the Marine Corps earlier in July. He was on tap to start basic training in the new year. The seven injured people ranged in age from 14 to 42. Some of them were riding the Fire Ball at the time of the collapse, and the others were hit by the collapsed section or debris from the ride.
So many memories have been created at amusement parks and state fairs over the years. The thrills and excitement they provide are second to none. However, visiting these attractions can still carry some risks. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately 30,900 people were injured by amusement park attractions last year.
These attractions exist around the country, including in Hartford, CT. When it comes to amusement park rides, there are so many factors that can come into play when it comes to determining fault. It could be a manufacturing error, for instance. There is also the possibility of something being missed while inspecting the ride, or it could have been an error on the part of the operator or another person riding who has caused some sort of issue. With so many different variables, it’s important to contact an attorney to help investigate your case and fight for your rights.

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