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Ohio ‘Tort Reform’ Law Lets Ride Manufacturer Off The Hook For Deadly Fair Accident

The people injured on the Fire Ball ride that broke apart at the Ohio State Fair in July may not be able to hold the manufacturer of the ride liable because of a “tort reform” law Ohio legislators passed in 2005. A lawyer representing a woman who legs were shattered in the ride failure told The Columbus Dispatch that the “tort reform” law will “make the fight for justice much more difficult to achieve” because it set caps on jury awards for businesses and imposed a 10-year “statute of repose” limit on a manufacturer’s liability for product defects. The Fire ... Read More

Ohio Fair Ride Malfunction Gives Riders Minor Injuries

Another ride malfunction at an Ohio fair left people with only minor injuries, but it put a spotlight on the safety of carnival rides that are disassembled, hauled around the country, and reassembled month after month. The ride malfunction at the Highland County Fair in Hillsboro, Ohio, Sunday, Sept. 3 occurred on a ride consisting of two caged cars attached to each end of a vertical rotating arm. Charley Davidson, president of the Highland County Fair, told FOX19 that one of the cars hit the ground “a little hard” as it swung down, causing some of the six people on ... Read More

Ohio Festival Ride Malfunction Injures Two Children

An amusement ride malfunctioned at a Cleveland, Ohio-area festival, injuring two children whose ride car derailed Friday, August 11. According to local authorities, the ride malfunction occurred at the North Ridgeville Corn Festival about 24 miles west of Cleveland. Five children were on a low-speed car track ride when one of the cars left its track and stopped abruptly. News 5 Cleveland reports that two children were injured and an ambulance was required. The nature of the injuries was unknown but they were reportedly minor and no hospitalizations were necessary. The children were examined at the scene, treated, and released ... Read More

Ohio State Fair Death Prompts Lawsuit

The family of a teen killed at the Ohio State Fair when the ride he was on broke apart is preparing to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Tyler Jarrell, 18, was riding the Fire Ball ride on the opening day of the Ohio State Fair in Columbus July 26 when a full row of seats broke off from the swinging arm of the ride. Mr. Jarrell was hurled high into the air and landed about 50 feet from the ride, The Columbus Dispatch reported. He was killed on impact. Seven others were injured in the ride malfunction. Three of those victims ... Read More

Disaster at Ohio Fair Kills One, Critically Injures Three Others

A ride malfunction at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus has killed one person and injured several others, including three critically, Wednesday evening, prompting Governor John Kasich to shut down all rides in the state until further inspection. The tragic accident reportedly occurred on a ride called the Fire Ball, which spins riders in a circle as they swing suspended from a giant pendulum. According to the Columbus Dispatch, Battalion Chief Steve Martin, a spokesman for the Columbus Fire Division, said the ride broke apart in motion, throwing passengers from the ride. An 18-year-old man was thrown high into the ... Read More

Tough New Amusement Laws Could Kill Kansas County Fair

Amusement rides in carnivals and county fairs, a Kansas tradition since the mid-1800s, will likely become history unless state legislators amend tough new legislation whipped up after the tragic death of Caleb Schwab, the 10-year-old boy who was killed on an extreme waterslide in Kansas City, Kansas, last summer. According to The Hutchinson News, at least one Western Kansas county has decided to no longer have rides at its annual carnival even though the new regulations won’t take effect until 2018. Other counties predicted that they are almost 100 percent certain they will no longer be able to offer rides ... Read More

Girl Injured After Tumbling From Indiana Carnival RIde

A 5-year-old girl is recovering from injuries she suffered after falling off a carnival ride in Lebanon, Indiana, and becoming trapped underneath the moving ride. Witnesses expressed frustration and anger to WISHTV Indianapolis over the incident, which they indicated may have been caused by inattention and carelessness of the operator. “We noticed a little girl stand up and before she had a chance to sit back down, the ride operator started the ride,” one witness, whose child was also on the ride, told WISHTV. She said the ride’s operator failed to check that all the children seated in the Clown ... Read More

Three Girls Tumble From Top of Ferris Wheel At Tennessee Fair

Three girls tumbled 35 to 40 feet from near the top of a Ferris wheel Monday night at the Greene County Fair in Greeneville, Tenn. The three girls, reportedly from two families, were spilled from their cart after it apparently failed to pivot as it ascended. All three were rushed to a Johnson City, Tenn., hospital, two by ambulance and one by helicopter. They are in serious condition but were responsive Monday night. One witness told Johnson City’s WJHL News Channel 11 that “It was like watching water pouring from a glass.” They bounced off the metal bridging of the ... Read More

Nebraska Girl Recovering After Being Scalped by Carnival Ride

An 11-year old Nebraska girl is recovering in the hospital after a carnival ride in Omaha ripped off her scalp and part of her face Saturday afternoon. WOWT 6 News reported that 11-year-old Elizabeth Gilreath was on a spinning ride called the King’s Crown at a Cinco de Mayo carnival when her hair got caught in one of the ride’s rotating mechanisms. Her father estimated his daughter was yanked around by her head for five to 10 minutes before the ride was stopped. Video shows the ride’s operator running from the scene, presumably to seek help. Meanwhile, Jolene Cisneros, a mother ... Read More

Inspectors dismantling swing ride that injured 18 at Connecticut festival

NORWALK, Conn. — Investigators are dismantling a circular swing ride that failed during a summer oyster festival in Southern Connecticut Sunday in an effort to understand why the ride stopped abruptly, sending the riders hurtling into each other and injuring 18 riders. The “Zumur” ride, which consists of swings suspended from arms that raise and spin, was one of the featured ride attractions at Norwalk’s annual Oyster Festival. Connecticut State Troopers investigating Sunday’s incident say that some kind of mechanical malfunction in the drive system seems to have occurred while the ride was in operation. Stewart Amusement Co. bought the ... Read More