The Makers of ‘Verruckt” that injured and killed People Are Now Being Charged.
The World’s “tallest” waterslide, located in Kansas’ schlitterbahn waterpark turned out to be the world’s most dangerous one too. Even though it broke a Guinness World Record, it had injured multiple people in the past few years. In 2016 however, Caleb Schwab’s raft went airborne and hit an overhead loop, decapitating the boy.
The 17-story Verruckt ride, German for “Crazy or Insane”, has a long track record of accidents.
The design violated a variety of safety aspects, it violated more safety standards than it complied with. A multiyear long investigation now led to arrests.
John Schooley, 72, one of the designers of the dangerous ride, was arrested at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport upon returning from China on Monday. He is being charged with second-degree murder, aggravated battery, and aggravated endangerment of a child. If convicted, he could face up to 41 years in prison.
Two executives of the water park, Jeffrey Henry and Tyler Miles, and two companies are also being charged. The construction company building the slide and the Schlitterbahn water park operating the slide face charges. The waterpark denies any wrongdoing and said they have maintained safe operations in their 40 years of entertainment. They believe this was a horrible accident. The ride has been closed since the tragic death of Caleb Schwab.