Two teenage girls have described the horrific moment they discovered a 10-year-old boy had been killed while riding a popular Kansas City water park ride.
“I saw his broken neck and him sliding down the slide leaving a blood trail,’ they told CNN.
It is believed that the accident occurred when his safety harness became loose.
Melanie Gocke (left) and Jess Sanford (right) talk about the moment they realised Caleb Schwab had been killed. Source: CNN.
"I turned around when I heard a noise that didn't sound like it was supposed to come from that kind of a ride," Jess Sanford said, continuing, "I didn't really understand what was going on, so I only really saw Caleb slide down the last half of the slide. And then I saw the blood." Sanford says it was then that the pandemonium began.
"His friend was screaming for help, and I think that’s when staff members and medics and stuff started running."
Caleb Schwab. Source: The Schwab family.
Sitting at 51 metres high (or the equivalent of 17 storeys), the Verrückt ride - which takes its name from the German word for "insane" - is currently the tallest slide in the world. But since day one of its planning, the ride has been dogged with problems.
The ride's opening was delayed three times due to safety concerns, with footage of airborne rafts being shown around the world and leaving the international community stunned at the evident lack of safety.
Verruckt ride rafts becoming airborne during testing. Source: ABC News.