The Verrückt water park slide at Schlitterbahn waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas, is making horrible headlines this morning. The son of a Kansas state representative was killed while riding the worlds tallest water slide. Caleb Schwab, 10, was at the park with his family when he decided to try the risky ride. The slide sends up to three riders on a raft speeding 60-70 mph down a height of 168 feet and 7 inches. There is still very little known about what exactly caused Caleb’s death and the investigation is ongoing.
The park’s co-owner Jeff Henry, who created the massive water slide with designer John Schooley, said Verrückt was “dangerous, but it’s a safe dangerous” when it first opened, USA Today reported.
“I’m still recovering mentally. It’s like jumping off the Empire State Building,” Henry said after his first plunge.