Fatal accident with Dutch attraction in USA caused by "excessive corrosion"

Fatal accident with Dutch attraction in USA caused by

In a memo posted on Facebook, ride manufacturing company KMG wrote, "excessive corrosion on the interior of the gondola support beam dangerously reduced the beam's wall thickness", and that eventually led to the "catastrophic failure" of the 18-year-old ride.

Tyler Jarrell, 18, was killed by the ride malfunction after he was thrown about 50 feet into the air. Seven others, including Jarrell's girlfriend, were injured when the ride collapsed.

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.

They said deterioration on a gondola caused the almost two-decade-old "Fire Ball" ride to fail, detach and send several passengers airborne.

"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 at the time.




Manufacturer of the Fireball ride, KMG, has revealed the cause of the tragic Ohio Fair incident that occurred on July 26th.

Working with industry safety experts, KMG has developed an inspection plan for maintaining and inspecting rides, product manager Albert Kroon said in a statement.

A co-owner of the company that provides rides at the fair in Columbus has said he's certain the ride fell apart because of a mechanical problem.

Similar rides were shut down across the country following the deadly accident. Jarrell had recently enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps and was supposed to attend basic training next year. Sunday was the fair's last day. Local Cincinnati news station WCPO reported that Jarell's family plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

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