'Excessive Corrosion' Blamed For Ohio State Fair Incident

'Excessive Corrosion' Blamed For Ohio State Fair Incident

'Excessive Corrosion' Blamed For Ohio State Fair Incident

The manufacturer of a ride that malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair last month is blaming corrosion on a support beam for last month's accident, which killed an 18-year-old man. His girlfriend, 18-year-old Keziah Lewis, remains in the hospital and is listed to be in serious condition, reported WKBN.

A statement on KMG's website said the company officials visited the accident site and conducted metallurgical tests.

This led to the ride's "catastrophic failure" - AKA spinning out of control and shooting people into the air. The ride had passed multiple inspections in the days leading up to the accident. The Associated Press reports that Jarrell, a Columbus native, was enrolled for basic training in the summer of 2018. Jarrell's family has hired an attorney to possibly pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. Sunday was the fair's last day.

Video footage captured by a bystander showed the ride swinging back and forth like a pendulum before a part falls off, throwing riders through the air and to the ground as it continued swinging.

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KMG said it will collaborate with "industry safety experts to develop an inspection protocol" to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Well, according to the manufacturer of the Fire Ball ride, the 20-year-old machine's break down was caused by "excessive corrosion". A similar ride at the Orange County Fair in California was also shut down to undergo a re-inspection after the OH incident, ABC station KABC in Los Angeles said.

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

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