KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The waterslide at Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts where a Kansas legislator’s son was decapitated in August will be demolished after officials complete the investigation.
Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts announced the Verruckt’s permanent removal in a statement Tuesday, three months after the tragedy.
“All of us at Schlitterbahn have been heartbroken over the tragedy that occurred on Verrückt. In our 50 years of providing an environment for families and friends to gather, we’ve never experienced this kind of devastating event. The safety of our staff and our guests is our top priority. We are parents and grandparents ourselves and many of us have ridden Verrückt with our own children and grandchildren over the years it operated.
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.
We will, at some point in the future, announce what will be built in its place.
We continue to fully cooperate with investigative teams and work with the families, their attorneys and our staff impacted by this accident. As we move forward, we assure everyone who works for us and the community: we remain wholly committed to our Kansas City park and the original vision of Schlitterbahn – providing a great place to work and an environment for families and friends to gather together.
On Aug. 7, 10-year-old Caleb Thomas Schwab, the son of Rep. Scott Schwab, was killed when he was decapitated while riding the 168-foot Verrückt. Two other women who was on the boy’s raft was also injured.
Rep. Scott Schwab and his wife released a statement the weekend after the accident.
“Since the day he was born, he brought abundant joy to our family and all those who he came into contact with. As we try and mend our home with him no longer with us, we are comforted knowing he believed in his savior, Jesus, and they are forever together now. We will see him another day.”
The waterslide has been closed since the accident.
Attorneys for Schwab and the two women injured are investigating the accident, AP reported. No charges or lawsuits have been filed.
According to the park’s website, the slide required two to three riders to be strapped in a raft with a total weight between 400 and 500 pounds.
The raft then “will slide down a jaw-dropping 168 foot 7 inch structure, only to be blasted back up a second massive hill and then sent down yet another gut wrenching 50 foot drop for the ultimate in water slide thrills,” the website said.
Each rider was required to be at least 54 inches tall.
CNN contributed to this report.