Fatal accident with Dutch attraction in U.S. caused by "excessive corrosion"


The Dutch maker of the fairground attraction which malfunctioned at a fair in OH in the U.S. last month says the accident was due to a seriously corroded support beam. Almost two weeks later, the cause of the accident was revealed.

"It was determined that excessive corrosion on the interior of the gondola support beam dangerously reduced the beam's wall thickness over the years", the statement said. His girlfriend, 18-year-old Keziah Lewis, remains in the hospital and is listed to be in serious condition, reported WKBN.

The accident happened on the Fireball thrill ride, when one row of seats detached from the supporting arm of the attraction while it was in motion.

Tyler Jarrell, an 18-year-old Marine, was killed in the accident. Seven other people were also injured in the ride's failure. The fair's last day was Sunday.

Video taken by a bystander of the ride in action captured a crashing sound.

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Kasich had ordered all rides at the State Fair to shut down until inspections could be completed.

KMG added that its working with safety experts to come up with an "inspection protocol" to "allow properly inspected and maintained rides to safely reopen".

Ohio Department of Agriculture records showed passing marks on inspections for the Fire Ball on about three dozen items, including possible cracks, brakes, proper assembly and installation.

Well, according to the manufacturer of the Fire Ball ride, the 20-year-old machine's break down was caused by "excessive corrosion". The Great Allentown Fair once featured a smaller version, but it is no longer in the fair's ride package, a state official said.