We finally know why the Ohio State Fair ride collapsed

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.
Data pix.

COLUMBUS, OH -- We now have an answer to what likely caused the tragic carnival ride accident at the Ohio State Fair.

The carnival ride flew apart back in July because of excessive corrosion. Fair-goers thought they were going to have a regular day at the fair, but then the "Fire Ball" collapsed, killing one and injuring seven more, and it was all caught on camera.

"You know, you come over here you think you're going to have a lot of fun and then you end up with something like this," one fair-goer said.

Turns out the ride was eighteen years old, and manufacturers say the corrosion "dangerously reduced the beam's wall thickness over the years."

18-year old Tyler Jarrell was the only one whose life was cut short that day. The others who were wounded probably won't go back anytime soon.

"How does that happen if they get it inspected double, triple, you know, it's unacceptable," one woman said.

Governor John Kasich spoke out on the incident after the fact, but was back at the fair to give some peace of mind.

"This is a place where we come, we smile, we laugh, we eat, we do just great things, we ride the rides, we do all the things that people love to do at the fair," Kasich said.

Hopefully people don't get scared off, especially with the State Fair of Texas right around the corner.

30 Second Downloads

Dallas-based education developer donating app to help kids bridge learning gaps during pandemic

Don't Miss


Latest News

More News