Designer arrested, charged in fatal water park ride accident

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The 10-year-old son of a Kansas state legislator was killed Sunday when a ride on the world's tallest water slide turned deadly. Caleb Thomas Schwab was the son of Rep. Scott Schwab and his wife, Michele. Kansas state police are investigating Caleb's death at the Schlitterbahn water park, which has been closed for the investigation. The boy died while riding the Verruckt.

DALLAS, Texas — Almost two years after a 10-year-old boy was decapitated on a giant water slide in Kansas, the designer of the slide was arrested in Texas on Monday.

John Schooley created the Verruckt slide, which billed itself as the world’s tallest. It was the key attraction at the Schlitterban Waterpark in Kansas City; now, it’s permanently closed.

Schooley is the third arrest in recent weeks. The water park’s co-owner and a former executive were previously charged.

In an indictment filed last month, prosecutors said Schooley had no engineering credential relevant to amusement-ride design or safety. He will stand trial for second-degree murder.

Caleb Thomas Schwab, 10, was decapitated as he rode a waterslide at a Kansas water park in 2016.

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