US boy, 10, dies on world’s tallest water slide

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CHICAGO: Authorities in the US state of Kansas on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) were investigating the death of a 10-year-old boy on what is billed as the world’s tallest water slide. Caleb Schwab, the son of a Kansas state legislator, was killed Sunday on the Verruckt, a towering water slide at Kansas City’s Schlitterbahn Water Park. Schlitterbahn spokeswoman Winter Prosapio told a news conference that it was the first such incident at the park. “This is not something we’ve experienced,” she said, adding that the park and the ride were closed pending the investigation. The park gave no details on what happened to the boy, but said grief counselors were being made available to employees and guests. “We are deeply and intensely saddened for the Schwab family and all who were impacted by the tragic accident,” a park statement said. A message posted on Kansas City Police Chief Terry Zeigler’s Twitter account said the boy’s cause of death was a “fatal neck injury,” and said an investigation is underway.

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