Dutch manufacturer suspends ride that killed one at OH fair

Posted July 31, 2017

"Everybody was running. I got ran over trying to get out of the way".

A Daily Camera story that covered the injury of the young girl reported that a 9-year-old girl died in 2005 after falling off an Austin, Texas, carnival ride run by Crabtree Amusements, while a man was injured after falling from a Crabtree-operated roller coaster at the Heart O' Texas Fair & Rodeo in 2006.

On its website, Amusements of America says that since its debut in 2002, the Fire Ball has become "one of the most popular thrill rides on the AOA Midway".

KMG, the Dutch company that makes the "Fire Ball", ordered all such rides shut down across the world until an investigation could be completed.

Col. Paul Pride of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said inspectors are "basically going to do an autopsy on that machine" to figure out why it malfunctioned.

The ride had passed an inspection this week, according to state records.

"There's someone at every fair we go to, there's someone looking at rides so the track record is really good with rides", Huston said.

Tyler Jarrell, 18 was thrown about 50 feet and was pronounced dead not far from the ride.

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Jarrell was a high school senior who had recently enlisted in the US Marine Corps, according to The Columbus Dispatch newspaper.

Video captured by a bystander showed the Fire Ball ride swinging back and forth like a pendulum and spinning in the air before crashing into something, with part of the ride flying off.

Over at the Monmouth County Fair in Freehold, a ride similar to the ride that malfunctioned in OH was immediately taken out of service even though it passed inspection, until officials in OH figured out what went wrong.

The ride involved in the fatality was made in 1998 by KMG, a Danish company.

Best said they had noticed there were several rides that were not open while they were there, but they did not think much of it.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is also investigating. None has had a serious malfunction before, the company told the AP.

Still, it must be explained what went so wrong Wednesday, especially since Ohio's county fair season is underway.