Manufacturer says corrosion caused ride to break apart Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Recommended Ohio, California close ‘Fire Ball’ ride after fatal accident SHARE COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Excessive corrosion on a support beam caused a “catastrophic failure” of a thrill ride at the Ohio State Fair that killed an 18-year-old man and injured seven others, the ride’s Dutch manufacturer said in a statement posted Sunday on Facebook.The statement said KMG officials traveled to the accident scene in Columbus to review video footage of the July 26 accident and conduct metallurgical tests of the beam.“It was determined that excessive corrosion on the interior of the gondola support beam dangerously reduced the beam’s wall thickness over the years,” the statement said. “This finally led to a catastrophic failure of the ride during operation.”The company said the spinning and swinging ride called the Fire Ball was 18 years old.Tyler Jarrell died of blunt force trauma injuries after being tossed 50 feet (15 meters) into the air when the ride broke apart. 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.Four of the injured remained hospitalized last week, including an 18-year-old woman in a coma, and Jarrell’s 18-year-old girlfriend. Jarrell’s family has hired an attorney to possibly pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.All other rides on the fair’s midway were ordered shut down the night of the accident but eventually reopened. Sunday was the fair’s last day.Video taken by a bystander of the ride in action captured a crashing sound. A section holding four riders came apart, and screams could be heard as at least two people were ejected and plunged to the ground.KMG ordered similar rides shut down worldwide after the accident. The statement said the company is working with industry safety experts to develop an inspection protocol.Ohio Department of Agriculture records showed passing marks on inspections for Fire Ball on about three dozen items, including possible cracks, brakes, proper assembly and installation. Michael Vartorella, Ohio’s chief inspector of amusement ride safety, said the Fire Ball was inspected three or four times before the fair opened.Amusements of America, the company that provides rides to the state fair, said its staff also had inspected the ride. Related Articles:Ohio fair officials say rides to reopen after fatal accidentOhio, California close ‘Fire Ball’ ride after fatal accidentSpinning Ohio State Fair ride breaks apart; 1 dead, 7 hurt Author: AP Published: August 6, 2017 5:37 PM EDT
CANADA: Hudson Bay Railway services between Amery, 47 km northeast of Gillam, and Churchill have been suspended indefinitely owing to ‘unprecedented and catastrophic’ flood damage and are not expected to resume before the winter season, parent company OmniTRAX announced on June 9.HBR has been unable to operate to Churchill since May 23. A preliminary assessment by an independent engineering firm found that that the track bed had been washed away in 19 locations, with five bridges visibly damaged and 30 bridges and 600 culverts requiring further assessment. National passenger operator VIA Rail said its services would continue to operate between Winnipeg and Gillam, but no alternative transport would be provided for the 300 km from Gillam to Churchill. ‘While the Hudson Bay Railway requires significant seasonal maintenance, the extent of the damage created by flooding this year is by far the worst we have ever seen’, said OmniTRAX Chief Commercial Officer Peter Touesnard. ‘It will be several weeks before we have a final report of the damage to the line, but we do not expect to be operational before the winter, and are concerned that the future of the track is in jeopardy.’OmniTRAX had announced an indefinite service suspension ‘so communities served by the railway can develop long-term plans for the movement of the supplies and resources they need’, said Touesnard.OmniTRAX said it had been in ‘constant contact’ with Transport Canada and provincial authorities, and was also in regular contact with the Missinippi Rail consortium which has signed a memorandum of understanding for the potential acquisition of the Port of Churchill and the railway for a reported C$20m.
LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – La Follette Mayor Mike Stanfield wants those who need a place to go this evening that a warming center will be open at 5pm Thursday.The warming center is located at the corner of East Hemlock St. and South 4th St. in East La Follette near the Dewey Hunter Center. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 02/06/2020-9AM)Share this:FacebookTwitter