Kansas family wins $20 million settlement in boy's waterslide death

(Reuters) - The family of a Kansas boy who was killed while riding the world's tallest water slide last summer will receive a settlement of nearly $20 million, local media reported on Thursday.

Caleb Thomas Schwab, 10, died of a neck injury in August 2016 at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City while on the water slide known as the Verruckt, or "insane" in German. The boy was found dead after finishing a ride on the slide, which sent riders plunging 17 stories at up to 50 miles an hour (80 kph). He was riding on a raft with two women who suffered minor injuries when the incident occurred, police said.

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A general view of the Verruckt waterslide at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas July 8, 2014, before its scheduled opening on July 10.

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An empty raft is raised to the top for another load of riders during the public opening of the Verruckt waterslide at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas July 10, 2014. The slide, at 168 feet 7 inches, is the world?s tallest waterslide according to the Guinness World Records. It has had its opening postponed three times.

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Riders slide down Verruckt, the world's tallest water slide, at the Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 in Kansas City, Kan.

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Family and friends of Caleb Schwab leave Life Mission Church on Friday Aug. 12, 2016, following the funeral in Olathe, Kan. Caleb Schwab died Aug. 7th on the Verruckt water slide at the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City, Kan.

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People stream into the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kan., on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, as it re-opens three days after a 10-year-old boy died on the park's most noted attraction, the 17-story Verruckt slide.

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Riders make their way up the hump after coming down Verruckt, the world's tallest water slide, at the Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 in Kansas City, Kan.

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Riders take the plunge as an empty raft is lifted back to the top during the public opening of the Verruckt water slide at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas July 10, 2014. The slide, at 168 feet 7 inches, is the world?s tallest waterslide according to the Guinness World Records. It has had its opening postponed three times.

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Workers scrub the Varruckt waterslide on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kan.

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A worker takes down netting from the Varruckt waterslide on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kan.

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Caleb Schwab died on the Verruckt water slide at the Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, Kan., in August 2016. Owners say the slide will be demolished after the investigation into the death of the 10-year-old is complete.

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People watch as riders approach the second stage of the Verruckt waterslide during its public opening at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas July 10, 2014. The slide, at 168 feet 7 inches, is the world?s tallest waterslide according to the Guinness World Records. It has had its opening postponed three times.

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Lifeguards prepare to unload riders during the public opening of the Verruckt waterslide at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas July 10, 2014. The slide, at 168 feet 7 inches, is the world?s tallest waterslide according to the Guinness World Records. It has had its opening postponed three times.

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The family of Caleb Schwab leave Life Mission Church on Friday Aug. 12, 2016, following the funeral in Olathe, Kan. Caleb Schwab died Aug. 7th on the Verruckt water slide at the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City, Kan.

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The boy was the son of Scott Schwab, a Republican state representative from Olathe, a Kansas City suburb.

The bulk of the settlement, $14 million, will come from SVV 1 and KC Water Park, two companies associated with the Texas-based water park operator Schlitterbahn, the Kansas City Star reported, citing court documents.

Reuters could not immediately obtain the documents.

Other parties include the company that constructed the ride and the maker of the raft used on the slide.

Attorneys for the Schwab family declined to comment when contacted by the Kansas City Star. The attorneys did not immediately respond to request for comment by Reuters on Thursday.

"We are thankful to have reached a settlement with all parties. We will be removing the ride from our Kansas City park when given permission by the court, which we have yet to receive."

The boy's death prompted legislation last month to tighten restrictions on amusement rides in the state.

In November, waterpark officials said the company would close the ride permanently and eventually tear it down.

(Reporting by Timothy Mclaughlin in Chicago; Editing by Andrew Hay)

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