Schlitterbahn to tear down Kansas water slide where boy died in 2016

Schlitterbahn to tear down Kansas water slide where boy died in 2016
In this July 2014 photo, riders go down the water slide called "Verruckt" at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Verruckt water slide, a 17-story reminder of the horrific death of a 10-year-old boy in 2016, is expected to come down shortly after Labor Day.

An attorney representing an affiliate of Schlitterbahn, the Texas company that built a water park in western Wyandotte County, Kansas, said on Thursday that the company plans to begin tearing down the slide about a week after Labor Day.

“I think we are all in agreement that the slide can come down,” said Melanie Morgan, who is representing KC Waterpark Management, an affiliated corporate entity of Schlitterbahn. “We’re prepared to make arrangements for that to happen.”

The process is expected to take three weeks.

“It’s a fairly complicated process,” Morgan said.

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