Ohio Amusement Ride Bill OK’d After Fatal Ride Malfunction

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A professional engineer would get a formal role in amusement ride safety under a bill headed to the Ohio governor’s desk.

Legislation dubbed Tyler’s Law would place a professional engineer on the Ohio Advisory Council on Amusement Ride Safety.

The panel makes recommendations to the state’s agriculture director about safety matters, including monitoring and inspecting rides.

The measure is named for Tyler Jarrell, an 18-year-old Marine recruit killed when the “Fireball” ride malfunctioned and broke apart on opening day of the 2017 Ohio State Fair. Seven others were injured in the accident later blamed on excessive corrosion in a steel support beam.

The bill heads to Republican Gov. Mike DeWine after receiving unanimous approval Wednesday in the Ohio Senate. It cleared the Ohio House in June.