O.C. Fair re­opens ride 2 weeks af­ter Ohio death

G Force was closed af­ter a man in Colum­bus was killed on a sim­i­lar at­trac­tion.

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Veron­ica Rocha

A thrill ride that was shut­tered at the Or­ange County Fair re­opened Wed­nes­day, two weeks af­ter a sim­i­lar at­trac­tion in Ohio broke down and killed a teenager.

The Or­ange County G Force ride had un­der­gone a se­ries of in­spec­tions and tests since it was closed vol­un­tar­ily July 26 — the night of the Ohio ac­ci­dent. On Wed­nes­day, Or­ange County Fair of­fi­cials an­nounced that the ride had been deemed safe to op­er­ate.

“We have taken ev­ery pre­cau­tion to en­sure that G Force is safe,” fair spokes­woman Terry Moore said in a state­ment. “The ride passed mul­ti­ple lay­ers of in­spec­tions and is in top shape for G Force fans to en­joy.”

The ride should be up and run­ning by noon, fair or­ga­niz­ers said. But thrillseek­ers have only a few days left to ride the at­trac­tion. The fair in Costa Mesa ends Sun­day.

The G Force ride was one of sev­eral at­trac­tions in Cal­i­for­nia that were closed af­ter the fa­tal mal­func­tion in Colum­bus, Ohio.

In that in­ci­dent, au­thor­i­ties said, the Fire­ball ride — a pen­du­lum-type ap­pa­ra­tus with a passenger-car­ry­ing gon­dola that spins and swings rid­ers 40 feet into the air — snapped at the Ohio State Fair’s open­ing day, killing an 18-year-old man and in­jur­ing sev­eral oth­ers.

Af­ter in­ves­ti­gat­ing the ride, its Dutch man­u­fac­turer, KMG, de­ter­mined “ex­ces­sive cor­ro­sion on the in­te­rior of the gon­dola sup­port beam dan­ger­ously re­duced the beam’s wall thick­ness over the years.”

“This fi­nally led to the cat­a­strophic fail­ure of the ride dur­ing oper­a­tion,” the com­pany said in a state­ment is­sued Sun­day.

KMG also man­u­fac­tures G Force rides.

veron­ica.rocha @la­times.com

Ir­fan Khan Los An­ge­les Times

THE OR­ANGE COUNTY G Force ride has un­der­gone a se­ries of in­spec­tions and tests since it was closed July 26. “The ride ... is in top shape for G Force fans to en­joy,” fair spokes­woman Terry Moore said in a state­ment.

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