TKC QUESTION: SHOULD SCHLITTERBAHN RECORD BREAKING WATER SLIDE VERRÜCKT BE PERMANENTLY SHUT DOWN AFTER KANSAS REP. SCOTT SCHWAB'S SON REPORTEDLY DECAPITATED?!?
It's a matter of fact that there's some gruesome Internets eye-witnesss deets out there that the poor kid was decapitated amid his fatal fall . . . But authorities have yet to confirm many deets.
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The child who died was the oldest son of Kansas Rep. Scott Schwab, R-Olathe. Many lawmakers were at Schlitterbahn for Elected Official Day. An email from Speaker Ray Merrick's office went out to state legislators sometime this afternoon.
The accident occurred before 2:50 p.m. The park was closed a little after 3 p.m.
Here is the park's official statement:
"We are saddened to share that a young boy died on Verrückt this afternoon. Given that safety is our first priority we have closed our Kansas City park and have closed the ride pending a full investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time."
The park was closed for the remainder of the day and will be closed Monday as well.
Verrückt, which is German for insane, plunges 17 stories. Before opening in 2014, design problems repeatedly pushed back the launch.
UPDATE . . . FOX4 NEWS CONFIRMATION of the decapitation report . . .
More importantly for future safety of all Kansas City tourists . . .
SHOULD KANSAS CITY, KANSAS PERMANENTLY SHUT DOWN THE WORLD'S LARGEST WATER SLIDE AFTER TODAY'S TRAGEDY?!?!
You decide . . .