Ohio State Fair Tragedy: Cause Of Ride Malfunction Determined

Ride Manufacturer KMG has determined the cause of the ride malfunction at the Ohio State Fair that led to the death of 1 person and injured several more.

KMG launched it’s own investigation into the events at the fair, which included a team of experts who reviwed video footage and conducted a “metallurgical inspection of the ride”, a study of the physical structure and components of the Fireball.

KMG’s statement reads,

“It was determined that excessive corrosion on the interior of the gondola support beam dangerously reduced the beam’s wall thickness over the years. This finally led to the catastrophic failure of the ride during operation.”

The Ohio Department of Agriculture employs 8 inspectors. These 8 individuals are responsible for inspecting and licensing nearly 3,800 rides, 689 games, 32 go-kart tracks, 22 water parks, 348 portable ride companies and 286 permanent facilities.

Neither the Department of Agriculture, nor the Ohio State Fair have commented on this development.

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