MO State Fair Officials Take State's Tougher Ride Inspections Seriously

Posted July 31, 2017

Tyler Jarrell, 18, of Columbus, Ohio, was identified by the Ohio State Highway Patrol as the person killed in the accident.

The accident warrants a thorough investigation to determine exactly what went wrong, whether it is due to mechanical malfunction or negligence by a rider, the ride operator or an inspector. The investigators will work with the State Highway patrol, the Department of Agriculture, the State of OH, the City of Columbus, and any other agencies involved to ensure that the evidence is preserved and the incident is fully examined and explained.

Jarrell's mother says everyone who knew him "is grief-stricken and in shock".

Fair-goers say, despite the accident they feel safe riding the rides. Two people remained in critical condition and another in serious condition after multiple surgeries, according to the Wexner Medical Center.

"It's an annual certificate of inspection", she said, adding that the fair hasn't had any issues with Crabtree since it has been operating the midway.

Based on the safety reports done by inspectors on the ride in North Carolina, there were problems when it was here in town as well.

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"I'm here to ride all of the rides, the ones that are open of course". The Marine Corps and school officials said Jarrell enlisted last week and was to begin basic training after his high school graduation next year.

Ohio Department of Agriculture records showed passing marks on inspections of about three dozen items, including possible cracks, brakes, proper assembly and installation.

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".

Gov. John Kasich responded appropriately by shutting down all the fair's rides until they could be reinspected. We will continue our rigorous ride inspection process, which includes inspecting all rides multiple times prior to and during the fair.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is also investigating.

Fairs and fireman's carnivals across the state have kicked off the summer season.