Since the ride's closure, it has emerged that concerns about its safety long predated the accident, with former employees saying that both ride inspections and staff training were inadequate. However, after a redesign and more tests, Henry said the ride, although still dangerous, was safe: “it’s a safe dangerous now.”. KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A witness to the tragic death of a 10-year-old boy on the world's tallest water slide in Kansas has revealed gruesome details of how the boy died. THE designer of a water slide on which a 10-year-old boy was decapitated said during testing that he "didn't know whether he was going to survive" a run on the ride. Comments are subject to our community guidelines, which can be viewed, Footage shows rafts becoming airborne over the hump of a slide on which a boy was killed, Ten-year-old Caleb Schwab was killed when his raft hit a metal pole supporting a safety net, The Verrückt was the tallest water slide in the world when it opened in 2014, Park co-owner John Schooley said during testing he 'didn't know whether he was going to survive' the slide, Caleb met and followed all the safety requirements for the ride, Riders were strapped into three-person rafts with nylon harnesses, Co-owner Jeff Henry said during testing that advice he had been given by engineers was ‘incorrect’, Charges against the owners of the Schlitterbahn water park were dropped in February of this year, The slide was torn down in November 2018 after the probe into Caleb's death had been completed, Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). Child killed after his head struck metal pole when raft went airborne on 170-foot slide, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. Verruckt is one of the water park’s main attractions. Click here to upload yours. Ultimately, he decided that the defence lawyers’ arguments of “grand jury abuse” were credible. The huge blaze broke out overnight at the port of Ancona. Schwab boarded the raft with two women who were not related to him. Caleb was the son of Scott Schwab, a former Republican state senator who recently took office as Kansas secretary of state. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. “The video, though, is a fictional and dramatised version of events created for entertainment purposes”, he wrote, concluding that it should not have been allowed as evidence. China will celebrate national day marking the founding of the People's Republic of China on October 1st, The Glass Mountain Inn burns as the Glass Fire moves through the area in St. Helena, California. There is no single federal agency responsible for enforcing rules and regulations at Schlitterbahn, which is monitored by the state’s Department of Labor. Following Caleb’s death, state attorneys brought criminal charges against operators and associates of the water park, accusing them of recklessness. KANSAS CITY, Kansas (WABC) -- A witness to the tragic death of a 10-year-old boy on the world's tallest water slide in Kansas has revealed gruesome details of how the boy died. Teen left to raise 5 siblings after mother's COVID-19 death, 99-year-old New Yorker proud to vote in 21st presidential election, Trump speaks live from the White House: WATCH LIVE, Election coverage from ABC News: WATCH LIVE, was killed Sunday while riding "Verruckt" at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City. 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Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? A witness to the tragic death of a 10-year-old boy on the world's tallest water slide in Kansas has revealed gruesome details of how the boy died. Winter Prosapio, a spokesperson for Schlitterbahn, said the company welcomed the decision. Certified by the Guinness World Records as the world’s tallest, the slide is no stranger to controversy. Caleb Thomas Schwab, the son of Kansas State Rep. Scott Schwab, was killed Sunday while riding "Verruckt" at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City. Dozens of fires are burning out of control throughout Northern California as fire resources are spread thin, Students use their mobile phones as flashlights at an anti-government rally at Mahidol University in Nakhon Pathom.