Copyright © 2020 WABC-TV. “We are obviously disappointed and respectfully disagree with the court’s decision,” the statement said, adding that prosecutors would “take a fresh look at the evidence and applicable law in this tragic and troubling case to determine the best course forward”. "Because we really didn't know whether we were going to survive it or not. Another witness, who had gone down the slide earlier that day, noted that his cousin’s 14-year-old daughter, who was in the raft with him, complained that the Velcro on her safety belt had come undone, reports ABC 7 News. 2020 presidential election results: Trump, Biden race to 270, Voters approve Prop. Schlitterbahn co-owner, Jeff Henry, reportedly said that there were engineering challenges behind the design with calculations originally based on roller coasters rather than water slides, according to USA Today. They both suffered minor cuts and scrapes on their face in the incident. There is no single federal agency responsible for enforcing rules and regulations at Schlitterbahn, which is monitored by the state’s Department of Labor. Updated: August 10, 2016 2:33 PM ET | Originally published: August 9, 2016 5:43 AM EDT, New Hampshire Towns Deliver First Election Day Results, Why Experts Aren't Worried About COVID-19 on Packaging, This Map Shows How America Voted in Every Election Since 1824, You can unsubscribe at any time. Riders are propelled by jets of water as they go over a hump while riding the world's tallest water slide called "Verruckt" at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in 2014. View our online Press Pack. Criminal indictments came in 2018. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. 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. The witness, Esteban Castaneda, said he heard booms before seeing the boy wash down the slide after the raft. The park issued a statement Monday saying it was “deeply and intensely saddened for the Schwab family and all who were impacted by the tragic accident.” The water park closed following the incident and will remain shuttered until Wednesday at the earliest, although the slide will not reopen. The slide, whose name was German for "insane", had received national media attention in the US when it opened in July 2014, and at 168 feet was accredited as being the tallest water slide in the world. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. Child killed after his head struck metal pole when raft went airborne on 170-foot slide "The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. Also indicted were Henry & Sons Construction Co and KC Waterpark Management, both affiliates of Schlitterbahn. Footage in the documentary shows rafts filled with sand bags repeatedly becoming airborne during testing. “A young child’s life was lost and his troubling death was mourned by family, friends and the entire Kansas community and beyond.”. All Rights Reserved. After Caleb’s death, advocates urged officials to step in to change how the amusement park industry is run. Copyright © 2020 WABC-TV. We pay for videos too.

Its scheduled opening back in 2014 was delayed reportedly due to alarming complications including one that saw water rafts detach from the slide and fly off into the air. Several passengers who rode the waterslide where a 10-year-old boy was decapitated Sunday said that the ride’s Velcro-like straps would come … Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. This service is provided on News Group Newspapers' Limited's Standard Terms and Conditions in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy. Caleb, son of Republican state representative Scott Schwab, was killed when his raft became airborne over the slide's 50-foot hump and collided with a metal bar supporting a safety net above. Ten-year-old Caleb Schwab was decapitated while riding what has been dubbed the world’s tallest water slide at the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City, police said. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. In his ruling, Judge Robert Burns of Wyandotte County wrote that there was “illegal evidence that should not have been presented to the grand jury” and called into question videos and expert testimony presented to jurors. Tyler Miles, the operations manager of the park, had reportedly received 17 separate staff reports during the 2015 and 2016 summer seasons about how the raft in which Caleb was riding when he died required maintenance, including five in that week alone.

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. 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. “We agree with the court’s decision that the grand jury was not given a fair picture of the evidence relating to this tragic accident,” Justin Johnston, a lawyer for Mr Schooley, said. Riders must be at least 54 inches tall and the group cannot weigh more than a combined total of 400 to 550 pounds, according to the park’s website. Verruckt is one of the water park’s main attractions. By signing up you are agreeing to our, U.S. Pedestrian Road Deaths Highest in 3 Decades: Report, Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know now on politics, health and more, © 2020 TIME USA, LLC. Email us at or call 0207 782 4368 . 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. He was found dead at the bottom of the ride in a pool.

“I obviously recognise that the circumstances and events giving rise to these indictments are indisputably tragic,” Mr Burns wrote. The case is being investigated as a civil rather than criminal matter, yet details are vague and authorities have disclosed little information about what caused the tragic accident. As his raft soared over the crest, Caleb was tossed towards the netting. To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. 22 rideshare measure, WATCH NOW: Live election results and latest updates, LAPD declares unlawful assembly in DTLA due to 'unruly crowd', CA Prop 21 fails, leaving rent control as is, AP reports, MAP: California election results by county, No major delays at SoCal voting centers as polls close statewide, Dodgers' Mookie Betts wins 5th Gold Glove award, Palmdale heart transplant patient votes from hospital bed, Report of phony OC voting center prompts investigation, Florida 2020 live presidential election results: Trump projected to win, WATCH LIVE: Latest election results, special coverage, was killed Sunday while riding "Verruckt" at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City. In 2017, Caleb’s family received a settlement of nearly $20m from Schlitterbahn and other companies involved in the slide, the Kansas City Star reported. Caleb Schwab death: Boy decapitated by ‘world’s tallest waterslide’ was not murdered, court finds, Support free-thinking journalism and attend Independent events, Murder charges dropped over decapitation of boy on water slide, World's tallest water slide set for demolition after boy 'decapitated', You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. Water Slide Glitches Verruckt is one of the water park’s main attractions. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? Advocates say that lack of federal oversight, and the fact that regulations vary by state, is problematic since there is no uniform way to oversee the industry. Court documents also reveal that a team of experts who inspected the slide after Caleb's death found “physical evidence that indicated that other rafts had gone airborne and collided with the overhead hoops and netting before the fatality.”, An engineering firm hired to inspect the ride one week before its opening also issued a report that "guaranteed that rafts would occasionally go airborne in a manner that could severely injure or kill the occupants.”, Other footage taken during the ride's development shows Henry saying: "Every bit of advice we've been given from the brightest brains and the smartest engineers, mathematicians, just have not been correct.".

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