Carnival Ride Malfunction Kills 1, Injures 7
A teenager is dead and seven other people are injured after a ride at the Ohio State Fair collapsed mid-ride. The Fire Ball ride collapsed July 26, 2017 while in motion. The ride, which consists of six rows of feet that spin around 40 feet up in the air, moves like a pendulum. With four riders in each cart, when the cart snapped off the ride, the passengers went flying. Two people flew through the air for 20 feet before landing on the concrete below, witnesses say.
The victim killed was a young 18-year-old man with his whole life ahead of him. We send our condolences to his family. A fun night out at the fair should never result is such tragedy. Others injured in the incident ranged in age from 14 to 42. Some were injured as passengers, while others were injured by debris flying off the collapsing ride.
Days after the incident, investigations into the Fire Ball ride reveal that the 18-year-old ride was “excessively” corroded. In spite of the condition, the ride had recently passed multiple safety inspections.
These safety inspections are often not as thorough as one would expect them to be, considering how deadly an accident could be when the ride breaks down. Since these rides are often taken apart and transported to a new city to be reconstructed again the following week, they are often not as stable as rides at a theme park might be. Parents should keep this incident in mind when taking their kids to the fair this summer.
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