Child dies on “Verruckt” at Schlitterbahn Waterpark
**UPDATE (8-8-16)** According to the Kansas City Star, Caleb’s death was due to a “fatal neck injury.” Two women who were not related to Caleb were riding the water slide and were injured and treated at a local hospital for minor facial injuries. Kansas Police Department’s Major Case Unit continues to investigate the incident, and people with any information are asked to call 913-573-6030. An autopsy was performed earlier today but no new information was released.
Schlitterbahn issued this statement on their Facebook page:
We are deeply and intensely saddened for the Schwab Family and all who were impacted by the tragic accident on the Verrückt water slide at Schlitterbahn Kansas City on Sunday afternoon.
The family and each and every one of those affected are foremost on our minds and in our hearts today. We ask the community to please keep all of those impacted in your thoughts and prayers.
The primary investigation is being conducted by the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department. All questions regarding the investigation should be directed to law enforcement.
Grief counselors are being provided at Schlitterbahn Kansas City for employees and guests. Anyone impacted can contact us at 913-312-3091 to schedule a visit with a grief counselor.
Safety is our top priority at Schlitterbahn. All rides are inspected daily before opening.
For more information about Verrückt, please visit the Fact Sheet on our website.
Schlitterbahn is tentatively scheduled to reopen on Wednesday. Verrückt is closed. Please visit our website for the latest information.
Schliterrbahn announced that the park will reopen tomorrow, but Verruckt will remain closed as the investigation continues into exactly what happened.
A GoFundMe has been setup to aid in Caleb’s funeral costs, you can donate here.
A 10-year old boy who has been identified as Caleb Thomas Schwab, was killed on the Verruckt water slide Sunday at Schlitterbahn in Kansas City, Kansas.
The park will be closed through Monday as authorities investigate the ride and determine what exactly caused this horrific incident.
The family of Caleb have released a statement:
“Michele and I want to thank the Olathe and Kansas City, Kansas communities and all of our friends and family for their outpouring of support and compassion as it relates to the sudden loss of our son, Caleb Thomas Schwab.
Since the day he was born, he brought abundant joy to our family and all those he came in contact with. As we try to mend our home with him no longer with us, we are comforted knowing he believed in our Savior Jesus, and they are forever together now. We will see him another day.
Your continued prayers are welcome and appreciated. We appreciate your understanding of our family’s need for privacy during this difficult time of grieving.”
According to Kansas law, Verruckt must be closed immediately after the incident today at the park.
Verruckt ran into issues during testing before it opened to the public in which a huge part of the ride had to be torn down and rebuilt.
Verruckt officially opened in 2014 at the park and stands 168-feet tall and reaches speeds of 65 MPH.
We will keep this article updated with any new information as it is released by officials.