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Judge: Waterslide on Which Kansas Boy was Killed Can be Torn Down

Entrance to Schlitterbahn Waterpark with the Verrückt waterslide in the background. (Photo by J. Schafer)

A Wyandotte County judge has authorized the demolition of the Kansas City, Kansas, water slide on which 10-year-old Caleb Schwab was killed two years ago. Dan Margolies reports for the Kansas News Service.

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(AP version)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas judge says crews can begin tearing down a 17-story waterslide on which a 10-year-old boy was killed when his raft went airborne.  The Kansas City Star reports that Wyandotte County District Court Judge Robert Burns said today (WED) that the preservation of the Verruckt slide "traumatizes everyone."  The 2016 death of Caleb Schwab at the Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, Kansas, led to criminal charges against the company that built the slide and five people, including Schlitterbahn's co-owner.  Caleb is the son of state Representative Scott Schwab, of Olathe, who is now the GOP nominee for Kansas Secretary of State.  Delays in taking down the waterslide had stemmed from disagreements over which parts should be preserved as possible evidence.  Attorneys representing the owners of Schlitterbahn said preliminary deconstruction of Verruckt will start soon. The visible slide will likely start to come down by November 1.


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