After a 10-year old died on it earlier this year, the world’s tallest water slide called Verrückt will be demolished. The official closing of the 168-foot-high slide was announced in a statement by Kansas Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts on November 22. Caleb Thomas Schwab, son of Republican state representative Scott Schwab, had died on the attraction at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City in August. Reuters reported that the police investigation revealed that the 10-year old had suffered a neck injury while he was riding on the slide with two women. (ALSO SEE Top 10 best amusement and water parks in India for thrill-seekers) Also Read - Relief From Blistering Heat: Dust And Thunderstorm Likely Over Several Parts of North India on May 29-30, Says IMD
The official statement from the operators at Kansas Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts said, “In our 50 years of providing an environment for families and friends to gather, weve never experienced this kind of devastating event. We are parents and grandparents ourselves and many of us have ridden Verrückt with our own children and grandchildren over the years it operated.” About the decision to shut down the slide, the officials wrote, “In our opinion, it is the only proper course of action following this tragedy.” Also Read - Watch: Jhansi Police Distributes Toys To Children Of Migrant Workers, Health Minister Lauds The Heartwarming Gesture
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The slide aptly named “Verrückt”, that translates to insane in German, was 17 stories high and sent riders down at speeds as fast as 50 miles per hour. Hannah Barnes and Matraca Baetz, the two women who were accompanying Caleb, too suffered injuries. They later described the incident as the worst day of their lives. Some horrified witnesses had reported that Caleb’s body was slung from the slide. Some guests even reported that the slide’s harness may not have been working properly earlier the same day.
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