KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A mid summer mishap at a popular amusement park claimed the life of a 10-year-old boy over the weekend.
The incident happened Sunday afternoon on a massive 17-story water slide at the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City. State police are investigating the death of Caleb Thomas Schwab on the Verrückt, an attraction billed as the "World's Tallest Water Slide".
Caleb was the son of Kansas State Legislator Scott Schwab.
The Verrückt, which is German for "insanity," has had issues from the beginning. Opening day was pushed back three-different times in 2014 after engineers ran into serious safety concerns. The developers later admitted their math was based on roller coasters and not water slides.
While the Kansas City park remains closed Monday as officials determine the cause of this tragedy, guests at Texas' Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Galveston reflect on the deadly accident.
"Over all the years that I've been to the parks, I've felt that they've been fairly safe," Jason Owen said. "And this is kind of an unusual incident, and a very unfortunate incident."
For the folks that flocked to Schlitterbahn Galveston, the sad news coming out of Kansas is just an isolated incident.
Still, many parents we spoke to stressed the importance of staying proactive in their child's safety.
"I feel as a parent, I'm responsible for my kids. Yes, there's a certain responsibility in the park, but as a parent I'm ultimately responsible for the safety of my kids,"Glenda Squyres said.
Meanwhile, officials in Kansas City continue to look for clues to make certain this type of accident never happens again.