Ohio fair at­ten­dance drops af­ter death

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

COLUM­BUS, Ohio — Of­fi­cials said a deadly thrill ride ac­ci­dent on the open­ing day of this year’s Ohio State Fair con­trib­uted to a sig­nif­i­cant drop in at­ten­dance.

Of­fi­cials said Tues­day that more than 800,000 peo­ple at­tended the fair this year, the low­est num­ber since it switched to its cur­rent 12-day for­mat in 2004. Last year, more than 920,000 peo­ple at­tended.

Tyler Jar­rell died from blunt force trauma in­juries af­ter be­ing tossed into the air when the Fire Ball ride broke apart July 26. Seven oth­ers were in­jured. Four re­mained hos­pi­tal­ized as of last week, in­clud­ing a woman in a coma.

The Dutch man­u­fac­turer of the ride said ex­ces­sive cor­ro­sion on a sup­port beam led to a “cat­a­strophic fail­ure.” It or­dered the shut­down of sim­i­lar rides world­wide af­ter the ac­ci­dent.

AP/J. DAVID AKE

The moon looms large in the back­ground as a cy­clist rides across the Fran­cis Scott Key Bridge to­ward the Ge­orge­town neigh­bor­hood Wed­nes­day morn­ing in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

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