Man­u­fac­turer says cor­ro­sion caused ride to break apart

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COLUM­BUS | The Dutch man­u­fac­turer of a thrill ride that broke apart and killed an 18-year-old man at the Ohio State Fair says ex­ces­sive cor­ro­sion on a sup­port beam led to a “cat­a­strophic fail­ure.”

A state­ment on KMG’s web­site dated Fri­day says the com­pany of­fi­cials vis­ited the ac­ci­dent site and con­ducted met­al­lur­gi­cal tests.

It says the cor­ro­sion “dan­ger­ously

re­duced” the thick­ness on the wall of the beam hold­ing a pas­sen­ger gon­dola on the swing­ing and spin­ning ride. The ride was 18 years old.

Tyler Dur­rell died from blunt force trauma in­juries after be­ing tossed into the air when the Fire Ball ride broke apart July 26. Four peo­ple re­mained hos­pi­tal­ized last week.

KMG or­dered sim­i­lar rides shut down world­wide after the ac­ci­dent.

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