RECREATION : AMUSEMENT PARKS AND RIDES : DISASTERS : DEATHS : CRITICAL INJURIES: Deadly Accident at Ohio State Fair Caused by Corrosion, Says Ride Maker

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RECREATION : AMUSEMENT PARKS AND RIDES : DISASTERS : DEATHS : CRITICAL INJURIES: Deadly Accident at Ohio State Fair Caused by Corrosion, Says Ride Maker

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RECREATION :

AMUSEMENT PARKS AND RIDES :

DISASTERS :

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CRITICAL INJURIES:

Deadly Accident at Ohio State Fair Caused by Corrosion, Says Ride Maker

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Deadly Accident at Ohio State Fair Caused by Corrosion, Says Ride Maker

By Janet DiGiacomo, CNN

Updated 5:07 PM ET,

Sunday August 6, 2017

Authorities stand near the Fire Ball amusement ride after the ride
malfunctioned injuring several at the Ohio State Fair, Wednesday, July 26,
2017, in Columbus, Ohio. Some of the victims were thrown from the ride
when it malfunctioned Wednesday night, said Columbus Battalion Chief Steve
Martin. (Jim Woods/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/06/us/ohio-state-fair-ride-collapse/index.html

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(CNN)The manufacturer of an amusement park ride that malfunctioned at the
Ohio State Fair in July said on Sunday that the deadly incident was caused
by "excessive corrosion."

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The Fire Ball ride collapsed on July 26, killing one person and injuring
seven others. The ride consists of at least six rows of seats that spin
around 40 feet above the ground as the entire structure moves like a
pendulum.

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A video posted online appears to show several people on the Fire Ball
seconds before parts of the structure, including a full row of seats,
split up and fell. The ride broke apart while in motion.

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Rhonda Burgess said one of her sons was standing in line at a nearby ride
when the incident took place.

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"The ride had four riders per cart. This piece snapped off and the riders
came out of the cart," she said. "At least two (people) flew through the
air at least 20 feet before landing on their backs on the concrete."
Albert Kroon, product manager for the Dutch manufacturer, said in a
statement that an investigation at the scene in Columbus determined that
"excessive corrosion on the interior of the gondola support beam
dangerously reduced the beam's wall thickness over the years." The ride
was 18 years old.

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"This finally led to the catastrophic failure of the ride during
operation," Kroon said.

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Before Ohio fairgoers were hurled off the Fire Ball, the ride passed
multiple inspections.

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"It's been looked at about three or four times over the course of two
days," Michael Vartorella, chief ride inspector for Ohio's Division of
Amusement Ride Safety, said in July.


In his statement on Sunday, Kroon said KMG has collaborated with "industry
safety experts to develop an inspection protocol" to prevent future
accidents from occurring.

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Teen killed at Ohio State Fair just joined Marines

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Teen killed at Ohio State Fair just joined Marines 02:51
Among the victims in the July accident was Tyler Jarrell, an 18-year-old
from Columbus, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Jarrell enlisted with
the US Marine Corps that month and was scheduled to attend basic training
next year, according to a statement released by the Marines.

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Seven others, ranging in age from 14 to 42, were injured and treated in
area hospitals.

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Some of those injured were on the ride that collapsed, and others were
struck by debris that came off the machine, said Ohio State Highway Patrol
Superintendent Col. Paul Pride.




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