In 2017, a ride known as Fireball had a tragic accident at the Ohio State Fair. An arm that connected a ride vehicle to the main assembly broke off and sent guests flying into the midway. The accident killed one fair patron and injured several others. Now a lawsuit is being filed against KMG, the manufacturer of Fireball on behalf of four of the victims.
According to studies done after the incident, the gondola broke off due to corrosion. This lawsuit alleges that KMG knew about the potential issues surrounding Fireball and the corrosion from documents found as early as 2012.
Attorney Micheal Rourke is claiming that KMG was aware of the corrosion issues and failed to notify owners of Fireball.
“This lawsuit is based on the grossly outrageous conduct of KMG in not only designing and marketing a clearly defective product, in that the gondola arms of the Fireball ride were prone to catastrophic internal corrosion, but also that KMG learned about this problem in 2012 and failed to warn owners, operators or riders,” Rourke said.
“It is anticipated that discovery in this case will reveal even more information that establishes the KMG design was grossly defective, and further that KMG acted recklessly and fraudulently in failing to warn of this defective design in 2012 when it was brought to its attention.”
Keep in mind, the victims of this tragedy have already settled lawsuits with Amusements of America, who operated the ride for the Ohio State Fair, as well as private inspectors.
We will definitely be following this story closely and follow up with any updates as they become available.
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