Man­u­fac­turer: Cor­ro­sion caused ride to break

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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 state- ment posted Sun­day on Face- book.

The state­ment said KMG of­fi­cials trav­eled to the ac­ci­dent scene in Colum­bus to re­view video footage of the July 26 ac­ci­dent and con- duct met­al­lur­gi­cal tests of the beam.

“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. “This fi­nally led to a cat­a­strophic fail­ure of the ride dur­ing op­er­a­tion.”

The com­pany said the spin­ning and swing­ing ride called the Fire Ball was 18 years old.

Tyler Jar­rell died of blunt force trauma in­juries after be­ing tossed 50 feet into the air when the ride broke apart. He was about to be­gin his se­nior year in high school and had en­listed in the U.S. Marine Corps the week be­fore he was killed.

Four of the in­jured re­mained hos­pi­tal­ized last week.

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