New York Boy Dies After Being Buried In Snow

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GREENWICH, N.Y. — Police say a 12-year-old New York boy who was playing in a snowbank with a friend has died after being buried in snow.

Greenwich-Cambridge Police Chief George Bell says the boys were playing in a snow fort while a Department of Public Works truck was plowing the area around the same time Tuesday.

It's unclear whether the plow buried the boys or if their snow fort collapsed.

Bell says a K-9 found one boy's sled after they were reported missing around 5 p.m.

"And I watched grown men, when they unearthed these two boys, cry tonight."

A shovelling crew freed the first boy, who was unresponsive. He was rushed to Saratoga Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 10 p.m.

The second boy was found about an hour later. He was conscious and alert.

Bell told WNYT that firemen, forest rangers and police were all involved in digging after they found the sled.

"No exaggeration, they probably moved seven tons of hard-packed snow in a matter of 10 minutes," he said.

"And I watched grown men, when they unearthed these two boys, cry tonight."

With files from Emma Prestwich