An owner of the company providing rides at the Ohio State Fair thinks a mechanical failure caused a thrill ride to break apart, killing an 18-year-old man.
Amusements of America co-owner John Vivona told WCMH-TV in Columbus on Friday the company is "devastated." He's convinced the Fire Ball accident Wednesday was a mechanical failure and not a problem with the ride's operators or inspections. He says state and third-party inspectors examined the ride before the fair opened that day.
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Tyler Jarrell, of Columbus, was killed and seven people were injured, several critically, when the swinging and spinning ride broke apart. A coroner says Jarrell died from blunt force trauma. He would have been a high school senior and recently enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Some rides have since reopened.