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Schlitterbahn to demolish world’s tallest waterslide after boy’s death

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**Embargo Kansas City, KS-MO** 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.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. –  A Kansas water park operator says the world’s tallest waterslide will be demolished following the death of a state lawmaker’s 10-year-old son on the ride in August.

Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts said in a statement Tuesday that the “Verruckt” ride at the Schlitterbahn park in Kansas City, Kansas, will be permanently removed once an investigation into the Aug. 7 death of Caleb Thomas Schwab is complete.

Photo of Caleb Thomas Schwab, Credit:Schwab family photo

Photo of Caleb Thomas Schwab, Credit: Schwab family photo

Two women also on the ride were injured.

A person familiar with the investigation has told The Associated Press that Caleb was decapitated. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because that person was not authorized to speak publicly about the tragedy.

Verruckt is German for “insane.” Rafts on the ride made a 17-story drop at speeds of up to 70 mph.

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