Report Says Design Flaw Caused Accident At Ohio State Fair

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A flaw in the design of a ride at the Ohio State Fair was to blame for one of its cars falling about 15 feet, injuring two men in August, according to a final report released Wednesday.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture, which is responsible for inspecting amusement rides, said that cracks caused the welded metal to snap where the car joined an arm of the Re-Mix.

Other cracks were found in the ride's other welds, said the report by Jim Truex, chief of the department's amusement ride safety division.

"The welds appeared to be rusting from the inside out making the cracking welded joints not visible during routine inspections," the report said.

A message seeking comment was left for the ride owner, San Antonio-based Wood Entertainment Co. But Truex said that Wood Entertainment agreed with its assessment of a design flaw.

The manufacturer, Tivoli of England, and the Consumer Products Safety Commission both have been notified of the problem, Truex said.

The Re-Mix's cars rotate in groups of three at the end of spider-like arms, which spin at a top speed of 24 mph.

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