Cops: Neck Injury Caused Boy's Waterslide Death

Questions still surround death of Kansas boy
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2016 1:57 AM CDT
Updated Aug 9, 2016 5:37 AM CDT
Cops: Neck Injury Caused Boy's Waterslide Death
This June 2016 photo provided by David Strickland shows Caleb Thomas Schwab.   (David Strickland via AP)

The death of 10-year-old Caleb Thomas Schwab on the world's tallest waterslide Sunday was the result of a "fatal neck injury," police said Monday—but they have not disclosed what caused the injury. As the investigation into the boy's death at the Schlitterbahn Kansas City Water Park continues, many details remain unclear, including whether the ride somehow malfunctioned and whether Caleb was properly secured in the raft before he went down the 168-foot slide, the Kansas City Star reports. Police say Caleb, whose body was found in a pool at the bottom of the slide, had been in a three-person raft with two adult women he was not related to, who both suffered minor facial injuries.

People close to the family tell the Star that Caleb, son of Kansas state Rep. Scott Schwab, went off with his 12-year-old brother and friends after arriving at the park, while his parents stayed with their two younger sons. Several people who were at the park that day told KSHB that there had been problems with the Verruckt waterslide. "A lady in front of me said that multiple times she rode the ride today, the Verruckt, and that the front harness did not work any of the times that she rode it," says park guest Jessica Lundquist. The AP reports that the park—which issued a statement Monday saying it was "deeply and intensely saddened for the Schwab family"—plans to reopen Wednesday, but the Verruckt will remain closed. (More Kansas stories.)

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