Manufacturer says corrosion caused ride to break apart

Ohio State Fair ride malfunction

Michael Vartorella, Ohio's chief inspector of amusement ride safety, said the Fire Ball was inspected three or four times before the fair opened.

KMG said its investigation has included a visit to the accident scene in Columbus, Ohio, to review video footage of the accident and to conduct metallurgical tests of the beam.

Corrosion on the interior of the support beam reduced the beam's thickness, which led to the accident at the fair, KMG International said in a statement released Sunday. The ride at the Ohio State Fair was 18 years old, the company said.

Albert Kroon, the product manager for KMG, which makes the ride, said KMG is collaborating with other safety experts in the industry to create a better safety and inspection protocol that will keep other accidents like this from occurring, CNN reported. "On the Afterburner in OH we did the maintenance until a few years ago", Kroon said at the time.

On July 26, 18-year-old Tyler Jarrell was killed after the Fire Ball ride spun out of control and fell apart mid-air.

Kasich had ordered all rides at the State Fair to shut down until inspections could be completed. He was about to begin his senior year in high school and had enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps the week before he was killed.

The rides at the fair were initially closed after the incident but were later reopened.

Jarrell's family has hired a civil attorney to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit, according to the Associated Press.

He is one of 22 people, since 2010, to have suffered fatal injuries from an amusement park or carnival attraction.

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