10-year-old dies from neck injury at Schlitterbahn Water Park in KS.
The son of a Kansas state legislator died from a neck injury while riding on the world’s tallest water slide, the Kansas City police said Monday.
Caleb Thomas Schwab, the son of Kansas Representative Scott Schwab, was found by police and firefighters in the pool at the end of the Verruckt ride. The circumstances of the boy’s death are still being investigated by police.
According to the park, Verruckt is the world’s tallest water slide. At a towering 17 stories high, it is taller than Niagara Falls and the Statue of Liberty.
The slide requires two to three riders to be strapped in a raft with a total weight between 400 and 500 pounds. The young boy was riding with two adult women, who suffered minor facial injuries, police said. It is still unclear whether the party of 3 met the weight requirement.
Schlitterbahn was shut down after the accident, and remained closed on Monday. The ride will stay closed until further notice. Kansas state law requires that after a serious injury, an amusement park ride is inspected by a qualified official.
Sunday was elected official’s day at the Schlitterbahn Water Park, Kansas lawmakers and their families were granted free admission and provided a lunch.
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