Mum had to be kept away from the horror after her 10-year-old son was beheaded on a waterslide at Schlitterbahn water park – .

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Mum had to be kept away from the horror after her 10-year-old son was beheaded on a waterslide at Schlitterbahn water park – .


A mom had to be kept away from the horror of her 10-year-old son being beheaded on a waterslide at the Schlitterbahn water park.
Caleb Schwab died in front of his family while riding a 168-foot-high waterslide in Kansas, billed as the tallest in the world.

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10-year-old Caleb Schwab died on the world’s tallest waterslide in Kansas City in August 2016Credit: David Strickland
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Kansas City’s waterslide was billed as the world’s tallest at 168 feet tallCredit: Reuters
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Fire trucks pictured at the scene of the 2016 fatal crashCredit: Reuters
The ride was called Verruck and translates to
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The ride was called Verruck and translates to “crazy” in GermanCredit: EPA

Today, August 7 marks the fifth anniversary of his gruesome death in August 2016.

Caleb, the son of Republican lawmaker Scott Schwab, died on the Verruckt ride at the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City.

The 168-foot-tall Verruckt, which means ‘crazy’ in German, has been certified as the world’s tallest waterslide by Guinness World Records.

Witnesses said it had dropped the first drop, then flew off and hit the net surrounding the ride.

Caleb was killed when his raft flew over the toboggan’s 50-foot hump and collided with a metal bar supporting a safety net above.

Two women he was riding with were slightly injured.

Shocked visitors to the theme park had to keep her mother Michelle from the horror.

Her son’s head and body were thrown from the raft and landed on the chute.

‘SEEN FROM THE BLOOD’

Eyewitness Melanie Gocke told CNN: “I heard the noise and immediately looked, and saw his broken neck and slide him down the slide leaving a trail of blood. “

Her friend Jess Sanford added: “I only saw Caleb slide down the last half of the slide and then I saw the blood.

“His friend was screaming for help and I think that’s when the staff, medics and the like started running. “

Those who reached him first “just realized that he was dead and did not try to revive him,” she added.

Caleb’s brother Nathan, 12, was also waiting under the merry-go-round, which was supposed to accompany him – but saw him die instead.

Papa Scott, who spent a decade at Kansas House, told Good Morning America the last time he spoke to Caleb just before he and Nathan left for the ride, which has now been demolished.

After the tragedy, Michelle told the show about her eldest son’s cries of terror after the fatal accident.

He flew from Verruckt! He flew from Verruckt!
Nathan Schwab, brother and sister

She said: “He was screaming, ‘He stole from Verruckt! He stole from Verruckt! ‘ “

The heartbroken mother then added that when she tried to see what had happened to her son, a man stopped her from going any further.

Michelle continued, “There was a gentleman who didn’t allow me to get close enough to see what was going on and kept saying, ‘No, believe me. You don’t want to go any further ‘. “

At this point Scott said in his shock he repeatedly asked the man if his son had lost his life.

He asked, “I just need to hear it from you, is my son dead. And he just shook his head, and I said, ‘I need to hear it from you, is he dead?

“And he said, ‘Yes, your son is dead’. “

“It was surreal. I don’t even barely remember driving home. “

They both revealed in a heartbreaking way that they missed cuddling Caleb the most, with Scott saying he especially missed his “morning hug” with his son who was snatched from him.

A witness described the scene as “the worst day of his life”.

SECURITY PROBLEMS

Other traumatized witnesses said they saw Caleb’s family cry as emergency services treated the other two women on the raft.

Runners descend the slide in multi-person rafts and must be at least 54 inches tall, according to the park’s website.

Since the ride closed, it has emerged that concerns about its safety predate the crash, with former employees saying that the ride’s inspections and staff training were inadequate.

The opening of the 17-story free-fall ride was found to have been pushed back twice with footage of the ride under test showing rafts flying from the massive ride.

When the ride opened in 2014, Verruckt co-owner and creator Jess Henry told USA Today, “We had a lot of problems on the engineering side.

“A lot of our calculations were based on a roller coaster at the start, and it didn’t translate into a waterslide like this. No one had ever done anything like this. “

The ride, which was taller than the Statue of Liberty and Niagara Falls, left even its creator terrified.

John Schooley, who designed the killer slide, said during testing he “didn’t know if he was going to survive” a race on the ride.

Schooley and his co-owner Jeff Henry were originally charged with manslaughter and a number of others over Caleb’s death, but the charges were dropped in 2019 due to “inappropriate evidence and testimony.”

“WE DON’T KNOW WE WILL SURVIVE”

In a documentary, The Water Slide, produced by Atlantic, footage taken after Schooley took part in a trial run on the merry-go-round shows him saying, “It was really exciting.

“Because we really didn’t know if we were going to survive it or not.

“Usually on a commute it can be scary, but you think they got it.

“And we didn’t know whether we understood it or not. “

Images from the documentary showed rafts filled with sandbags repeatedly flew off during testing.

He said at the time that although the journey was dangerous, it was “safe and dangerous”.

Court documents also revealed that a team of experts who inspected the toboggan after Caleb’s death found “physical evidence indicating that other rafts had taken off and collided with the hoops and net. before death ”.

An engineering company hired to inspect the ride a week before it opened also released a report that “ensured that the rafts would occasionally fly away in a way that could seriously injure or kill the occupants.”

In a statement released after Caleb’s death, the Schwabs said, “From the day he was born he has brought abundant joy to our family and to all with whom he has come in contact. “

The family has reportedly received a settlement of nearly $ 20 million, local media reported in May 2017.

Footage shows rafts flying over the hump of a toboggan on which a boy was killed
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Footage shows rafts flying over the hump of a toboggan on which a boy was killed
Caleb Schwab, 10, was killed when his raft struck a metal pole supporting a safety net
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Caleb Schwab, 10, was killed when his raft struck a metal pole supporting a safety netCredit: AP: Associated press
The Verrückt was the tallest water slide in the world when it opened in 2014
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The Verrückt was the tallest water slide in the world when it opened in 2014Credit: AP: Associated press

World’s tallest waterslide that beheaded 10-year-old boy was so dangerous its designer admits “we didn’t know if people would survive”

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