In August of 2016, Caleb Schwab was killed on the popular Verruckt water slide in Kansas City. The terrible accident occurred when the young boy decided to try out the 17-story water slide. He was put on a raft with two other women, but things took a deadly turn when the raft went airborne. Investigators found the raft hit a pole, and Caleb was decapitated.
This disturbing incident could have been prevented according to a recently released indictment. The indictment alleges that the officials rushed the construction of the waterslide, and the operators were aware of safety hazards regarding the slide. Reports indicate that the specific raft given to Caleb on the day of his death was known to go too fast and go airborne. The raft had already caused at least 13 other injuries including four children and two concussions prior to Caleb’s decapitation. After a 19-month long investigation, whistleblowers from the waterpark have come forward claiming that the ride complied with “few if any” safety standards. One 15-year-old had recently sustained injuries that caused her to go temporarily blind on the same ride. Even more disturbing, investigators found that one operations director willfully avoided and delayed repairs that would have taken the Verruckt water slide out of commission. The water slide’s brake system failed just ten days prior to Caleb’s death. The slide has since been closed, and it will likely never re-open.
Tyler Austin Miles, a former operations director at the waterpark, was indicted on involuntary manslaughter charges. He was also indicted on two counts of interference with law enforcement. He is being held on a $50,000 bond at the Wyandotte County jail. A trial is scheduled for September 10.