Investigators examine deadly water slide

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (KSHB) – A team of independent investigators examined the Schlitterbahn Waterpark’s Verruckt water slide Wednesday.

One month ago, 10-year-old Caleb Schwab died after riding the Verruckt. According to a police report, Caleb died of a neck injury.

Two women riding in the raft with Caleb were also injured.

Hours after beginning their work at the slide, the team left the park to examine the raft still in police custody.

In cases where an individual has died or is badly hurt, independent investigations are often conducted.

“We always do a lot of investigation on our cases. One like the Schlitterbahn case, that’s highly technical and there’s lots of engineering stuff involved. You absolutely have to have an expert,” said Matt Meyerkord.

Meyerkord is a personal injury attorney in Kansas City. He’s not involved with the Schlitterbahn investigation but agreed to sit down with KSHB-TV and explain what investigators might be looking for.

“It’s a fairly thorough investigation. You test every part of it and look at every inch of what you’re investigating,” said Meyerkord.

 

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