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Sisters injured in fatal Schlitterbahn water park accident reach settlement

Posted: 2:35 PM, Apr 12, 2017
Updated: 2017-04-13 01:45:17Z

Two sisters injured in a Kansas waterslide accident that killed a state lawmaker's 10-year-old son have reached a settlement with the water park's owner.

Attorney Lynn Johnson on Wednesday confirmed the out-of-court deal with the Schlitterbahn park over the "Verruckt" slide accident last summer.

Johnson wouldn't reveal details of the settlement. The sisters' names haven't been publicly released.  

"Our clients feel good about Schlitterbahn's action concerning Verruckt," Johnson told 41 Action News over the phone. 

Also on Wednesday, the Schwab family settled with two companies associated with constructing the water slide -- Henry & Sons Construction and National Aquatics Safety Company. The terms of those settlements were not disclosed.

These settlements come days after the Kansas legislature passed a bill toughening up the law on amusement ride inspections.

In January, the Schwab family reached a settlement with both Schlitterbahn and the maker of the raft. 

But back then the family attorney said in a statement that "additional claims are being pursued against others."

As for the investigation on what went wrong. The case has gone from Kansas City, Kansas Police Department to the Wyandotte County district attorney and now sits in the office of the Kansas attorney general. 

There is no timeline as to when they’ll complete their review.

A Schlitterbahn spokeswoman they’re still waiting to hear from the court to allow them to take down the slide. They want to do it as soon as possible. 

The park reopens on memorial day weekend.

Extended Coverage:

Kansas lawmakers accelerate work on new amusement park rules 

Schlitterbahn Kansas City announces Verruckt water slide to be removed after child death in August 2016 

10-year-old boy dies at Schlitterbahn water park 

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