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I was shocked by this for a minute until I noticed the wording of this...

 

Verrückt will be decommissioned – closed permanently and the slide removed from the tower. In our opinion, it is the only proper course of action following this tragedy.

 

We will, at some point in the future, announce what will be built in its place.

 

If they're leaving the tower in place then in a few years it sounds like they'll just build a new slide with a new name that won't have the same tarnished name and press associated with it. If they build a tube or body slide without a hill it would probably still be just as marketable.

 

This is a very smart move by the park in my opinion.

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This really isn't surprising. It had that reputation of being edgy and intense, and it just seemed like that never really resonated anyway. It'd be different if this was a beloved slide, but it really wasn't. It seems like Schlitterbahn was counting on Verruckt to bring the people in, but it had such a limited appeal that it didn't really help in that aspect.

 

I know the Texas Schlitterbahns have a great reputation, but I've looked into going here, and it's just hard to justify when Oceans of Fun is right across town. There really isn't anything at Schlitterbahn that Oceans of Fun doesn't have already. The biggest problem is that Schlitterbahn doesn't have nearly enough things for little kids to do. OoF's three children's splash areas are a very compelling argument. This accident cannot be good at all for them when they face such strong competition, but I wish them well. Personally what would get me to go there would be more children's activities and more tube slides that we can enjoy as a family. I know a lot of you enthusiasts go nuts over the "MOAR INTENZZZZ" rides, but something not so intimidating that my 9-year-old will be afraid to go on it is what will actually sell 5 tickets. Sorry guys, we're just the target demographic for these places.

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I'm not really that surprised. I'm really curious about what the investigation results will be. I was hoping it'd be complete by now, but you can't rush these things.

 

http://www.kshb.com/news/exclusive-independent-investigators-examine-verruckt-one-month-after-caleb-schwabs-death

 

It is still unknown if the public will ever find out what went wrong.

 

Meyerkord said he has seen most cases settle before going to court.

 

However, in Kansas, there is a limit on personal injury and wrongful death cases. In personal injury cases the limit, for non-economical damages, is $300,000. In wrongful death cases the limit is $250,000.

 

It is still unknown if lawyers representing the Schwab family or the women injured in a raft with Caleb will file a lawsuit or settle.

 

Schlitterbahn is a Texas-based company so the lawyers involved could move forward with legal proceedings there.

 

Schlitterbahn could settle for the max and you'd never find out.

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Schwab family reaches civil settlement with Schlitterbahn Water Park owner

 

OLATHE, Kan. -- The family of Caleb Schwab, killed August 7, 2016, at Schlitterbahn Waterpark while riding the Verruckt waterslide, has reached a settlement with KC Waterpark Management LLC and Zebec of North America, Inc., for the wrongful death of their 10-year-old son and brother.

 

Attorneys filed a 'petition for approval and apportionment of wrongful death and minor settlement' on Wednesday in Johnson County, Kansas court.

 

The petition does not specify the amount of the settlement but only indicates one has been reached between the defendants and the plaintiffs.

 

The wrongful death settlement was filed on behalf of Scott Schwab and Michele Schwab, Caleb's father and mother, Nathan Schwab, Alexander Schwab and Isaac Schwab, Caleb's brothers. Caleb was the second son of the Schwabs, with one older brother and two younger.

 

On Monday, Rep. Scott Schwab was sworn in to the Kansas legislature. The Republican from the Kansas City suburb of Olathe told lawmakers to "let it go" when their bills die or amendments fail. He says, "Life isn't worth wasting too much emotional energy on such things." He added that "it could get worse."

 

Caleb was riding the slide with two adult women, with whom he was matched on the raft. The women are from north of Hays, Kan. One suffered a broken jaw, and the other a broken bone in her face and had to have stitches in her eye.

 

At the time of Caleb's death, the slide was in compliance with Kansas' legal requirements for amusements rides, which mostly involve proper record-keeping. State law mandates that parks annually “self-inspect” their rides and maintain the records.

 

Schlitterbahn announced in November that Verrückt will be torn down once a court grants it permission following the investigation. The water park also says it will announce what will be built in Verrückt's place at a later date.

 

Full article here.

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Sections of the document:

 

"A grand jury in Wyandotte County on Friday returned an indictment against Schlitterbahn, charging the company and a former operations director with involuntary manslaughter, aggravated battery and reckless endangerment of a child in the 2016 death of 10-year-old Caleb Schwab on the Verruckt water slide.

 

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The company manager indicted Friday was Tyler Austin Miles, the local director of operations for Schlitterbahn Vacation Village in Kansas City, Kan. He surrendered to authorities Friday morning and was later released on bond.

 

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"The involuntary manslaughter charge filed Friday against Miles and the company is a felony count, which carry a sentence of 31 months to 136 months in prison and up to $300,000 in fines."

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Wow, that's incredible. That they would hire someone with no business designing a ride to be the lead designer says a lot about this company. I was willing to believe this was an accident before, but the indictment has changed my mind. This wasn't an accident; it was inevitable. I'm changing my vacation plans for Texas and we'll be going to Aquatica instead now. I just can't take my family to a place I can't trust to keep us safe.

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i have just finished reading the 48 page inditement and let me just say... wow. there is some pretty damning stuff in there. to save y'all the trouble of having to read it, here's some of the major issues:

-multiple concussions and serious injures were reported from the rafts going too high and were covered up by upper management

-medical staff and lifeguards were coached by management on how to cover up these reports and keep the families out of the loop

-the ride was designed by two people with no design background or accreditation

-rafts were seen flying off the ride days before opening and nothing was done to try and prevent them from doing so

-emergency maintenance was needed on the brakes just 10 days before the decapitation, but management decided to hold off on it so that way it'd be open during the summer

-there was no maintenance manual so maintenance staff simply looked for whatever issues they could find and tried to solve them to the best of their ability with duct tape

-the rafts had missing pieces of safety equipment that were never replaced

-there was a history of "raft B" (the raft that Caleb was riding in) flying up too fast that one time resulted in someone's head skimming the top of the metal bars

-the designers knew that there was serious risk of someone flying off, and instead of redesigning the ride for a 3rd time, they simply placed the metal bars above hoping that it would cause less injury than someone flying off and falling 90ft

-the water jets that accelerate it up the 2nd hill were designed to push the same amount of pressure regardless of raft weight, meaning that a raft weighing 550 pounds was pushed with the same force as a raft weighing 400 pounds. this would have caused a raft weighing 350 pounds to shoot up into the metal bars which caused said tragic accident

-safety sensors were covered with rubber bands to falsely data

 

so... I'm predicting that this will be the end of this park, and probably Schlitterbahn as we know it

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