Ride Manufacturer Reveals The Cause Of Deadly Ohio State Fair Accident
Aug 08 2017
A fatal accident with a carnival attraction in Ohio, United States last month, was caused by "excessive corrosion", or rust, manufacturer KMG said in a statement on Sunday. when a gondola on the ride - called Fireball in Ohio, but produced under the name Afterburner at KMG - broke loose while the ride was running.
The Netherlands-based KMG International said in a statement that excessive corrosion was found on the inside of the gondola support beam, dangerously reducing the metal arm's thickness over the years.
They said deterioration on a gondola caused the almost two-decade-old "Fire Ball" ride to fail, detach and send several passengers airborne.
Almost two weeks after an "aggressive thrill" ride broke into pieces with passengers still on it, killing one rider and injuring several others, investigators believe they know what might have caused the Fire Ball to break apart: age and corrosion. The company said it conducted an investigation into the incident, which included a visit to the scene and a review of video footage of the incident.
The ride, which was 18 years old, was reportedly inspected several times before and during the fair. His family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. The fair's last day was Sunday. A section holding four riders came apart, and screams could be heard as at least two people were ejected and plunged to the ground.