Nearly two years after a 10-year-old boy died in a horrific waterslide accident in Kansas City, the park is closing down the tallest waterslide in the world.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Caleb Thomas Schwab, the son of a Kansas City lawmaker, died in August 2016 on the Verruckt waterslide at the Schlitterbahn waterpark when a raft he was riding on went airborne, and he crashed into a metal pole meant to support safety netting. He was reportedly decapitated in the accident.
Several employees of Schlitterbahn are facing criminal charges as the result of the little boy’s death.
On Thursday, an attorney representing a company affiliated with the waterpark said that the slide would be taken down.
“I think we are all in agreement that the slide can come down,” Melanie Morgan, an attorney for KC Waterpark Management LLC, told the Kansas City Star. “We’re prepared to make arrangements for that to happen.”
The slide is expected to be torn down soon after Labor Day, when the park closes for the season.
“It’s about time,” said David Alvey, Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City mayor told the newspaper.
The slide had been the world’s tallest waterslide and was a major attraction at the waterpark since it opened in 2014.
Kansas prosecutors has accused the waterpark leadership and some of those responsible for the construction of the waterslide of designing a dangerous ride, and also for covering up injuries that took place before the fatal accident.
Two individuals and a construction company are facing second-degree murder charges.
Caleb’s father, Kansas state Rep. Scott Schwab, released a statement about the decision to finally tear down the slide.
“As a family continuing to heal, we welcome the decision of the court today,” Schwab said.
“This is an important step to our family and believe it is to this community as well.”