Judge to clear way for Verruckt water slide to come down

“The time has come for this to be removed"

KMBZ News Staff
August 29, 2018 - 4:48 pm

Kansas City, KS - A Kansas judge says workers can begin tearing down the 17-story Verruckt waterslide on which a 10-year-old boy was decapitated when his raft went airborne.

Wyandotte County District Court Judge Robert Burns said Wednesday that the preservation of the Verruckt slide "traumatizes everyone." 

Dismantling of the slide was expected to come after Labor Day, but there were disagreements over which parts should be preserved as possible evidence.

10-year-old Caleb Schwab was killed while riding the waterslide in 2016.  His death led to criminal charges against the company that built the slide and five poeple, including the park's co-owner.    

Attorneys representing the owners of Schlitterbahn said preliminary deconstruction of Verruckt will start soon. The visible slide will likely start to come down by Nov. 1.

During Wednesday morning's hearing, Burns also allowed some of the redacted grand jury testimony to be released to defense lawyers. Two of the attorneys, who asked not to be identified, tell KMBZ motions to dismiss have already been filed and more motions are likely.  Those filings have to be in by October 31st.

No trial date has been set.

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