Ohio State Fair ride accident caused by 'excessive corrosion': manufacturer

So what exactly caused this tragic situation??

The ride, which was 18 years old, was reportedly inspected several times before and during the fair.

In a statement posted Sunday on Facebook, KMG, the ride's Dutch manufacturer, said the failed ride was 18 years old. "This finally led to the catastrophic failure of the ride during operation", KMG said.

Amusements of America, the company that provides rides to the state fair, said its staff also had inspected the ride.

Hopefully, this update gives the victims and their loved ones some form of closure.

The ride's manufacturer, KMG, announced investigation results Sunday, almost two weeks after the accident.

It ultimately caused the metal arm of the ride to be weakened to the point of breaking off - which is exactly what happened on July 26 at the Ohio State Fair, when one of its passenger carrying gondolas detached from the supporting sweep arm and went flying into the air. Jarrell had recently enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps and was supposed to attend basic training next year.

A 2013 study by the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, found that on average during the summer, 20 children a day are treated in emergency rooms for injuries related to amusement rides.

Jarrell's family is pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit.

The manufacture said it has collaborated with "industry safety experts to develop an inspection protocol" to prevent future accidents from occurring.

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

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

  • Rogelio Becker