Fatal accident with Dutch attraction in USA caused by "excessive corrosion"

Ride manufacturer says 'excessive corrosion' led to deadly accident at Ohio State Fair

The ride, known commonly as the "Fire Ball" but officially coined the "Afterberner", was 18 years old at the time of the July 26 accident. KMG said it now knows how to check its Fireball and Afterburner rides for similar problems.

The "excessive corrosion" was discovered inside the Fire Ball's gondola support beam during a "metallurgical inspection" of the ride, Kroon said. The ride had passed multiple inspections in the days leading up to the accident.

The ride's manufacturer, KMG, announced investigation results Sunday, almost two weeks after the accident.

Working with industry safety experts, KMG has developed an inspection plan for maintaining and inspecting rides, product manager Albert Kroon said in a statement.

The victim, Tyler Jarrell, died of blunt force trauma injuries after being tossed 50 feet into the air when the ride broke apart.

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North American Midway Entertainment, which is not a provider of the Ohio State Fair rides, said in a statement Thursday that "due to the tragic incident ... we will keep all our Fire Ball rides closed until further notice from the manufacturer for precautionary safety measures".

Four of the injured remained hospitalized last week, including an 18-year-old woman in a coma, and Jarrell's 18-year-old girlfriend.

The teen had just enlisted in the Marine Corps and was about to head to basic training next year. His family expects to sue the fair for wrongful death over the incident, CBS News reported.

There have been 22 fatalities associated with riders of amusement attractions across the United States since 2010, according to a CNN report. Sunday was the fair's last day.

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