Report: Test dummies on Verruckt went airborne

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (KCTV) -The record-setting new waterslide at Schlitterbahn will not open when the rest of the park does and new online reports are giving a possible reason why.

Schlitterbahn has only said that it delayed the opening of their Verruckt water slide to make sure everything is right, but testing for the slide may have revealed a problem of riders going airborne.

A blog post released Wednesday claims the delay was because test riders launched into the air towards the bottom of the ride.

The Kansas City, KS, water park officially opens for the summer season Friday and it was originally planned for the 17-story-tall ride to open the same day. Then, last week, Schlitterbahn announced they were delaying the ride's opening for safety reasons.

The water slide is still under construction; they are making adjustments.

Schlitterbahn said the delays are to be expected with a one-of-a-kind ride like Verruckt. Schlitterbahn denies the reports, saying they are just doing some work to correct what they call the "ride not behaving properly."

Riders will hit speeds of 60-to-70 miles per hour in a four-man raft.

The ride is expected to open June 5.


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