KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) — A crane as tall as the Verruckt water slide in Kansas City, KS, is dismantling the attraction where a 10-year-old boy was killed more than two years ago.
The demolition work began Tuesday at Schlitterbahn Water Park. It could take several days for the slide to be completely taken apart.
The 17-story Verruckt slide was billed as the tallest water slide in the world. In August 2016, Caleb Schwab was killed when the raft he was in went airborne and he struck a metal rod that held a safety net in place.
The demolition was originally delayed because of disagreements over which parts of the slide should be preserved as possible evidence in criminal cases.
"Honestly, I'm glad. Kind of seeing it made my heart sink," said Shawna Sorensom, a resident who lives in the metro.
Caleb's family received nearly $20 million in settlements.