Fair ride got per­mit on day of ac­ci­dent

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

COLUM­BUS, Ohio — In­spec­tors re­peat­edly looked over a thrill ride while it was as­sem­bled at the Ohio State Fair and signed off on it hours be­fore it flew apart in a deadly ac­ci­dent that flung pas­sen­gers into the ground, ac­cord­ing to author­i­ties and records re­leased Thurs­day.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors worked to find out what caused the open­ing-day ac­ci­dent that killed a high school stu­dent who had just en­listed in the Marines. Seven other peo­ple were in­jured, in­clud­ing four teenagers.

The ride’s Dutch man­u­fac­turer told op­er­a­tors of the same at­trac­tion at fairs and fes­ti­vals around the world to stop us­ing it un­til more is learned about what caused the mal­func­tion.

Ohio Gov. John Ka­sich shut down all rides at the state fair and or­dered them in­spected again.

Video taken by a by­stander of the swing­ing, spin­ning Fire Ball ride in ac­tion cap­tured a crash­ing sound. A sec­tion hold­ing four rid­ers came apart, and screams could be heard as at least two peo­ple were ejected and plunged to­ward the ground. Other rid­ers were still in their seats as they fell.

Tyler Jar­rell, 18, of Colum­bus was thrown about 50 feet and pro­nounced dead on the mid­way.


Passers-by look at the shut-down Fire Ball ride Thurs­day as Ohio High­way Pa­trol troop­ers stand guard at the Ohio State Fair in Colum­bus.

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