Boy, 12, dies after being pulled from snow bank, second child responsive in hospital

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GREENWICH, NY (WTEN) – A boy has died after he and another boy were pulled from a snow bank in New York.

Police received a call for two missing 12-year-old boys around 5 p.m. Tuesday. According to Greenwich-Cambridge Police Chief George Bell, the boys were playing in a snow bank while a Department of Public Works truck was plowing around the same time.

A K-9 found the sled the boys were using, and crews began digging.

One boy was found unresponsive. First responders performed CPR and took him to Saratoga Hospital. He was pronounced dead shortly after 10 p.m., Bell said.

The second boy was located a short time later. He was conscious and started to help responding crews by digging through the snow. He was also taken to Saratoga Hospital and is responsive and talking.

“There was probably a dozen-and-a-half men with shovels and bare hand digging, and I think they moved – with no exaggeration – seven tons of hard packed snow in about 10 minutes time,” Bell said.

It is unclear if the boys became trapped after the snow fort they appeared to be making collapsed or if the snow plow buried them in the snow. The child who is alert told police he heard what sounded like machinery and then it went dark.

The incident remains under investigation.

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