Are the rides safe? What inspectors check before the state fair opens

Geneva Matthews
July 31, 2017

Jarrell, of Columbus, was thrown about 50 feet and pronounced dead on the midway.

In a release sent on Friday afternoon, the firm announced that they have retained the professional services of Introtech to investigate and reconstruct the tragic incident and determine how and why it happened. Paul Pride, chief of Ohio's state police force, which is running the investigation, appealed for help to assess the ride and what went wrong.

"Everyone who knew Tyler is grief-stricken and in shock", said Tyler's mother, Amber Duffield.

A spokeswoman for the California State Fair said that operators there suspended use of the Fireball within 20 minutes of the OH accident and were reinspecting it. At least two are listed in critical condition, according to TIME.

Forty-three Fire Balls exist, including 11 in the United States, and the company said this week's accident was the first major problem involving any of the rides.

"She kept asking for her boyfriend", Williams said.

Records show that inspections on Fire Ball were up to date and a state permit was issued for the ride on Wednesday.

Jarrell had enlisted in the Marines Friday and had been due to begin basic training in SC next June, said Captain Oliver David, a Marine spokesman.

Some rides at the Ohio State Fair re-opened on Friday afternoon and took on awaiting riders after a almost two-day break.

"I'm here to ride all of the rides, the ones that are open of course".

The company description of the ride says it swings riders 40 feet above the midway while spinning them at 13 revolutions per minute.

State director of agriculture David Daniels said all the rides were checked several times when they were being set up.

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

He said, "That means speeds, no hitches in operations, that the emergency brake works they way it's intended to stop the ride quickly".

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