KANSAS CITY, Kan. (KSNW) – Kansas City’s Schlitterbahn Waterpark has reopened following the Sunday death of a child on one of the park’s water slides. The park’s reopening drew long lines.
It is the first day the park has been open since 10-year old Caleb Schwab was killed on the park’s Verruckt water slide.
The 168-foot tall ride has a 17-story drop and is billed as the world’s tallest water slide.
It’s now known that the boy was decapitated while he rode the slide.
Two other adult female riders who were not related to the boy, suffered minor facial injuries and were taken to a hospital.
Experts say that investigation into the incident could take months.
The water slide remains closed indefinitely.
A document released by a state agency says all the rides at the water park passed private inspections in June, including the slide. Kansas law requires permanent rides to be inspected annually by their parks, and the state randomly audits the records.