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Kansas Ride Where Boy Died Is Minimally Regulated

Kansas City Police Chief Terry Zeigler confirmed that officers were conducting an accidental death investigation

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    Witnesses say Caleb Schwab, the 10-year-old son of Kansas state Rep. Scott Schwab, flew off the slide, colliding with the nets meant to protect him.
    He was killed Sunday in an accident at Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City (Published Monday, Aug. 8, 2016)

    The death of 10-year-old Kansas boy Caleb Schwab on the world's tallest waterslide raised concerns again Monday about the loosely regulated amusement park business, which isn't overseen by any federal agency.

    Caleb, the son of Kansas state Rep. Scott Schwab of Olathe, died Sunday on the Verrückt ride at the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City, Kan.

    An autopsy showed that Caleb, who was in a carriage with two women, died of an unspecified neck injury at the end of the ride in the water pool, Kansas City police said. The two other riders, who weren't identified but who were described as not being related to the Schwabs, were treated for minor facial injuries, police said.

    Kansas City police said they were investigating the case as an accident, NBC News reported.

    Clint Sprague, lead pastor of LifeMission Church, where the Schwabs are members, said the family almost didn't go the park, which was holding "Elected Officials Day" on Sunday.