Excessive corrosion on a support beam caused a "catastrophic failure" of a thrill ride at the Ohio State Fair that killed an 18-year-old man and injured seven others, the ride's Dutch manufacturer said in a statement posted Sunday on Facebook. So what exactly caused this tragic situation??
This year at the Washington State Fair, officials said they will pull one of its amusement rides called 'Ed Nino.' It's built by the same manufacturer of the machine that crashed in Ohio. "This finally led to the catastrophic failure of the ride during operation", the company says in a letter dated August 4.
Hopefully, this update gives the victims and their loved ones some form of closure.
The Fire Ball, sold by the company under the name Afterburner, is a mechanical ride that swings passengers up to 20 metres into the air while spinning at 15 revolutions per minute, according to the company's website.
The ride had passed multiple inspections in the days leading up to the accident.
The Fire Ball ride fell apart with riders onboard, hurtling several of them through the air to land on the ground and releasing debris that wounded others.
Working with industry safety experts, KMG has developed an inspection plan for maintaining and inspecting rides, product manager Albert Kroon said in a statement.
Four of the injured remained hospitalized last week, including an 18-year-old woman in a coma, and Jarrell's 18-year-old girlfriend.