Tagged Articles

waterslide 8 articles

Caleb Schwab’s Accidental Waterslide Death Leads To Murder Charges

Individuals and companies involved in the ownership, operation, and construction of the Verrückt waterslide in Kansas City, Kansas, find themselves facing charges of murder and other serious crimes over the death of 10-year-old Caleb Schwab. Caleb, the son of Kansas State Representative Scott Schwab, was decapitated when his raft went airborne on a hill of the Verrückt waterslide on Aug. 7, 2016. The 17-story waterslide was named the world’s tallest waterslide by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2014, shortly after it opened in the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in 2012. On Tuesday, March 27, a Wyandotte County grand jury indicted ... Read More

Tough New Amusement Laws Could Kill Kansas County Fair

Amusement rides in carnivals and county fairs, a Kansas tradition since the mid-1800s, will likely become history unless state legislators amend tough new legislation whipped up after the tragic death of Caleb Schwab, the 10-year-old boy who was killed on an extreme waterslide in Kansas City, Kansas, last summer. According to The Hutchinson News, at least one Western Kansas county has decided to no longer have rides at its annual carnival even though the new regulations won’t take effect until 2018. Other counties predicted that they are almost 100 percent certain they will no longer be able to offer rides ... Read More

Deadly Waterslide Remains Standing Months After Boy’s Decapitation

The “world’s tallest waterslide” is expected to remain standing when the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas, reopens in May, less than a year after 10-year-old Caleb Schwab’s brutal deal on the attraction. The waterpark wants the shuttered 168-foot-tall slide taken down because it stands as a grim reminder of Caleb’s horrific accident Aug. 7. The boy, the son of Kansas state representative Scott Schwab, was with his family on “Elected Officials Day” at the waterpark when the accident occurred. Some reports said that the ride’s safety straps failed to contain Caleb, who became airborne as his raft crested a ... Read More

Kansas Amusement Ride Bill Seeks Tougher Safety Regulations In Wake Of Waterslide Death

Kansas state legislators have advanced a new bill that would toughen the state’s amusement ride safety laws months after the 10-year-old son of a Kansas Republican lawmaker was decapitated on a 17-story waterslide. The bill will go to the House floor and will have to be approved by the full chamber. It currently seems to have broad bi-partisan support among the assembly’s Democrats, moderate Republicans, and far-right Republicans, the Kansas City Star reported. Republican Rep. John Barker of Abilene, who pushed for better regulations, told the Kansas City Star that the bill is a “comprehensive first step” because it covers ... Read More

Family of Boy Killed on Waterslide Settles Wrongful Death Suit With Waterpark

The family of a 10-year-old Caleb Schwab, who was killed in a waterslide accident at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kan., in August 2016, has reached a settlement with the park’s owners and the company that manufactured the rafts used on the ride. “The Schwab family remains determined to hold all those responsible for this tragedy accountable, while doing all they can to ensure this never happens again to another family,” the family’s attorney said in a statement e-mailed to the press. Caleb, the son of Kansas state representative and Speaker of the House Scott Schwab, was killed when ... Read More

“World’s Tallest Waterslide” To Be Demolished After Boy’s Death

The “world’s tallest waterslide” in a Kansas City, Kan. waterpark will be torn down once authorities complete their investigation into the death of a 10-year-old boy who was killed on the ride in August. Owners of the Schlitterbahn waterpark in Kansas City say they plan to demolish the 168-foot-tall waterslide, named “Verruckt” (German for “crazy”) “once the investigation is concluded and we are given permission by the court.” The waterpark, owned by Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts of New Braunfels, Texas is one of several waterparks the company operates, but the only one outside of Texas. The Kansas City waterpark drew ... Read More

Women Injured In Deadly Kansas City Waterslide Accident Suffer Physical And Emotional Trauma

The two women who shared a raft with the boy who was killed on the Verrückt waterslide at the Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark August 7 are recovering from facial injuries and emotional trauma. The women, whose names have not been disclosed by authorities investigating the accident, are sisters from Smith Center, Kan., a town near the Nebraska border. They were seated in a raft behind 10-year-old Caleb Schwab, who wanted to ride with his 12-year-old brother, Nate. But because of weight requirements on the slide, considered the world’s tallest waterslide, the brothers were seated with adults. Nate went down the ... Read More

Boy Decapitated on Kansas City Waterslide, Evidence Points To multiple Safety Failures

New details have emerged about the death of the 10-year-old boy who was killed on the world’s tallest waterslide in Kansas Sunday, indicating serious safety failures contributed to the horrific accident. Caleb Schwab, the son of a Kansas state lawmaker who was at the Schlitterbahn Kansas City water park with his family on “Elected Officials Day,” died after descending the “Verrückt” slide. The slide’s designers wanted to offer an extreme attraction to guests and created a 17-story vertical drop that ascends a second hill, followed by a second 50-foot drop. Various verified reports say the raft Caleb was seated in ... Read More