The water slide that cost a 10-year-old boy his life last August is being town down.


The accident occurred on the Verruckt ride at the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City, Kansas. Caleb Schwab, son of Kansas state Rep. Scott Schwab, died of a neck injury. The Verruckt, German for “insane,” was the main attraction of the park before the tragic incident, and earned a spot in the Guinness World Records for world’s tallest water slide.

“All of us at Schlitterbahn have been heartbroken over the tragedy that occurred on Verrückt,” said Pam Renteria, a spokeswoman Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts, in a statement. “Once the investigation is concluded and we are given permission by the court, Verrückt will be decommissioned — closed permanently and the slide removed from the tower. In our opinion, it is the only proper course of action following this tragedy.”

Michael C. Rader, a lawyer for the Schwab family, however, cautioned against taking down the slide. “The slide cannot be torn down until all investigations and potential litigation has concluded,” Rader said in a statement. The criminal investigation about the boy’s death will still be open for more than three months, but charges are reported to be unlikely.

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