2 maintenance workers charged in Kansas Schlitterbahn death

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Riders are propelled by jets of water as the go over a hump while riding the world’s tallest water slide called “Verruckt” at Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Kansas City, Kan. The 168-foot-tall waterslide is scheduled to open to the public Thursday, after initially being slated to open May 23. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Two maintenance workers at a Kansas water park where a boy was decapitated have been indicted in the case.

The indictments unsealed Wednesday charge David Hughes and John Zalsman with obstruction of justice. Both men pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Wyandotte County Court.

Hughes was maintenance supervisor at the Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, Kansas, and Zalsman was on the maintenance staff.

Ten-year-old Caleb Schwab was killed while riding the 17-story Verruckt waterslide in August 2016.

The Kansas City Star reports the indictment involves whether a brake mat meant to slow the rafts on the Verruckt was repaired after it fell off days before Caleb was killed.

The men allegedly told Kansas Bureau of Investigation agents the brake mat never existed but the indictment says a video showed it had been on the ride.

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