Ohio State Fair ride accident caused by 'excessive corrosion': manufacturer
08 August, 2017, 00:41 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
According to KMG, the Fireball in OH was 18 years old. Almost two weeks later, the cause of the accident was revealed.
KMG said in a statement that the thrill ride known as the "KMG Fireball", and also as the "Afterburner", was 18 years old and had "excessive corrosion on the interior of the gondola support beam dangerously reduced the beam's wall thickness over the years".
One rider, an 18-year-old man, was flung more than 50 feet and died on impact, while seven others were taken to area hospitals. Lewis is in serious condition. "This finally led to the catastrophic failure of the ride during operation".
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The teen had just enlisted in the Marine Corps and was about to head to basic training next year. His family expects to sue the fair for wrongful death over the incident, CBS News reported. Sunday was the fair's last day.
Video taken by a bystander of the ride in action captured a crashing sound.
Working with industry safety experts, KMG has developed an inspection plan for maintaining and inspecting rides, product manager Albert Kroon said in a statement.
Authorities investigate the Fire Ball amusement ride after the ride malfunctioned injuring several people at the Ohio State Fair.
Ohio Department of Agriculture records showed passing marks on inspections for Fire Ball on about three dozen items, including possible cracks, brakes, proper assembly and installation. KMG said any fairs featuring the Fireball should cease operation of the ride immediately pending further investigation.
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