Crews to dis­man­tle thrill ride after deadly fair ac­ci­dent

Imperial Valley Press - - LOCAL & REGION -

COLUM­BUS, Ohio (AP) — Crews have be­gun dis­man­tling the thrill ride in­volved in a deadly ac­ci­dent at the Ohio State Fair.

WBNS-10TV reports the re­moval of the Fire Ball ride at the state fair­grounds be­gan with a fi­nal in­spec­tion Satur­day.

A four-pas­sen­ger car­riage on the swing­ing and spin­ning ride broke apart July 26, on the open­ing day of the fair, and flung one of the ride’s car­riages into the air.

An 18 year-old high school stu­dent, Tyler Jar­rell, died on the mid­way while his girl­friend, 19-year-old Keziah Lewis, was crit­i­cally in­jured. Six oth­ers also were in­jured.

A State High­way Pa­trol in­ves­ti­ga­tion found the ride op­er­a­tors were not to blame. Dutch man­u­fac­turer, KMG, said the cause was ex­ces­sive cor­ro­sion of a sup­port beam. The ac­ci­dent re­sulted in the shut­down of sim­i­lar rides world­wide.

In this Thursday file photo, an Ohio State High­way Pa­trol trooper re­moves a ground spike in front of the Fire Ball ride at the Ohio State Fair, in Colum­bus, Ohio. AP PHOTO/JAY LAPRETE, FILE

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