Verruckt waterslide to come down in coming months, park says - KCTV5 News

Verruckt waterslide to come down in coming months, park says

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KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

The Verruckt Waterslide at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas will be torn down later this year, officials confirm.

The word comes nearly two years after 10-year-old Caleb Schwab died on what was billed as the world's tallest waterslide.

Lots of people have been wondering why the slide is still there, towering over the other rides.

It’s painful for some to see.

At one point, even the park’s leadership complained about a court order that kept them from demolishing it.

That order was a result of Schwab’s death on the ride in August of 2016.

The Kansas Attorney General was investigating whether criminal charges should be filed and needed to keep the ride up as evidence.

More than a year later, the park’s spokeswoman essentially said, to paraphrase, “Come on already? How long does an investigation take?”

It took until March of this year, when the park’s co-owner Jeff Henry and his ride designer were indicted for second-degree murder.

A month later, in April, the ball was in Schlitterbahn’s court, with the judge asking them when the ride would come down.

They said they were waiting for the prosecution to turn over an expert witness report, so they could decide whether they needed to get it examined again.

Today, after a routine motions hearing on the case, Schlitterbahn made this statement on Facebook:

“The court had granted approval to take down the ride. Deconstruction of the ride will proceed in the next coming months.”

The attorney general’s spokeswoman said they are working with the defense and the court to be sure all needed evidence has been gathered.

They have another hearing on August 29th.

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