Kansas City water park permanently closes ride that killed child

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 The 10-year-old son of a Kansas state legislator was killed Sunday when a ride on the world's tallest water slide turned deadly. Caleb Thomas Schwab was the son of Rep. Scott Schwab and his wife, Michele. Kansas state police are investigating Caleb's death at the Schlitterbahn water park, which has been closed for the investigation. The boy died while riding the Verruckt.

(CNN) — A Kansas City water park will shut down the world’s largest water slide in response to an accident that killed a 10-year-old boy in August.

Caleb Thomas Schwab died from a neck injury August 7 while riding the 17-story Verrückt water slide.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Schlitterbahn said its staff are “heartbroken over the tragedy that occurred on Verrückt” and that they are continuing to work with investigators, families and their attorneys.

“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,” the company said. “We will, at some point in the future, announce what will be built in its place.”

The Verrückt water slide, named for the German word for “insane,” is 168 feet 7 inches tall — taller than Niagara Falls.

It required two to three riders to be strapped into a raft and sent plummeting down the slide before being blasted back up a second hill and then sent down another drop, the park’s website said.

The Guinness Book of World Records certified it as the world’s tallest slide in May 2014. It is five feet taller than the previous record holder, a water slide at a Rio de Janeiro country club.