Verruckt waterslide to be permanantly closed and torn down after death
Verruck, what was once the tallest waterslide in the world, will be no more after a deadly incident involving 10-year-old Caleb Thomas Schwab on August 7 at Schlitterbahn in Kansas.
The waterslide was closed immediately after the boy was decapitated during a horrific incident at the park.
“All of us at Schlitterbahn have been heartbroken over the tragedy that occurred on Verrückt,” the park said in a statement. “The safety of our staff and our guests is our top priority.”
Two other riders in the same raft as Caleb were injured.
Verruckt means “Insane” in German and the slide stood 17 stories tall and reached speeds up to 70 mph. The ride also had a height requirement of 54 inches and each raft had to have a weight of 400 pounds and 550 pounds.
No official announcement has been made by Schlitterbahn as to what will be replacing Verruckt other than “at some point in the future.”