The maker of the ride that dropped a car of people, killing one and injuring several more, says excessive corrosion is to blame for the catastrophe.
The name of the ride was the Fire Ball, a spinning, swinging pendulum at the Ohio State Fair. It’s the ride that fell apart on July 26, tossing to the ground an entire car of people, killing 18-year-old Tyler Jarrell and injuring several more, some of them critically, the Washington Post reports.
The Dutch manufacturer, KMG, had the ride inspected by their product manager, Albert Kroon. Kroon said in a statement that “excessive corrosion on the interior of the gondola support beam dangerously reduced the beam’s wall thickness over the years” which “led to the catastrophic failure of the ride during operation.”
Ohio Department of Agriculture ride inspector, Michael Vartorella, said that his team of inspectors are responsible for checking 4,300 pieces of equipment throughout the state of Ohio. They check to be sure the pieces are in working condition including the hydraulic, electrical and structural components. Vartorella confirms the Fire Ball specifically was inspected three or four times before the fair began.
The family of Tyler Jarrell is making plans with lawyers to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
“Everyone who knew Tyler is grief-stricken and in shock,” Amber Duffield, Tyler’s mother, said. “We just need to know how and why this happened, and whether it could have been avoided. We hope our demand for real answers will save others from being hurt or killed because of bad or dangerous amusement park rides.”
A team of private investigators from a company called Introtech has been hired to reconstruct the incident and find out exactly what went wrong.
“Tyler was a good young man, with a bright future ahead of him,” the family’s attorney said in a written statement. “This was a senseless, tragic incident that likely could have been avoided. Our only goal in filing a wrongful death suit is to obtain justice for Tyler.”
According to ABC6News, four of the injured are still hospitalized, with one in critical condition and one still in a coma. The Fire Ball will remain behind a barrier fence on the midway while the rest of the fair is disassembled and hauled away.