Ride owner faults me­chan­i­cal fail­ure

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

COLUM­BUS, Ohio — An owner of the com­pany pro­vid­ing rides at the Ohio State Fair said he thinks a me­chan­i­cal fail­ure caused a thrill ride to break apart last week, killing an 18-year-old man.

Amuse­ments of Amer­ica co-owner John Vivona told WCMH-TV in Colum­bus on Fri­day that the com­pany is “dev­as­tated.” He said he’s con­vinced that the Fire Ball ac­ci­dent Wed­nes­day was a me­chan­i­cal fail­ure and not a prob­lem with the ride’s op­er­a­tors or in­spec­tions. He said state and third-party in­spec­tors ex­am­ined the ride be­fore the fair opened that day.

Tyler Jar­rell of Colum­bus was killed and seven peo­ple were in­jured, sev­eral crit­i­cally, when the swing­ing and spin­ning ride broke apart. Franklin County Coro­ner Anahi Or­tiz said Fri­day that Jar­rell died from blunt force trauma.

Jar­rell’s fam­ily has hired an at­tor­ney.

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