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"Excessive corrosion" led to Ohio State Fair accident, ride manufacturer says

Albert Kroon, product manager for the Dutch company behind the ride, said in a statement that investigators determined that "excessive corrosion on the interior of the gondola support beam reduced the beam's wall thickness over the years".

This led to the ride's "catastrophic failure" - AKA spinning out of control and shooting people into the air.

Last month one rider was killed and seven others were injured when part of the Fireball ride came apart, sending the riders through the air and onto the ground.

The ride's manufacturer, KMG, announced investigation results Sunday, almost two weeks after the accident.

All fair rides except the Fire Ball were back up and running by Sunday morning. Franklin County Coroner Anahi Ortiz said that Jarrell died of blunt force trauma injuries to the head, trunk and lower extremities.

The teen had just enlisted in the Marine Corps and was about to head to basic training next year.

Dorney Park and Hersheypark have a similar type of ride, which they reopened after conducting inspections, according to pennlive.com.

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. His family expects to sue the fair for wrongful death over the incident, CBS News reported.

The Labor Department says KMG, the manufacturer of the Fireball, is expected to have rides at this year's N.C. State Fair, though there is a temporary ban on the Fireball. Sunday was the fair's last day.


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