Tragic: 12-year-old boy dies, second boy recovering after they were pulled from snow bank

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GREENWICH, New York — A 12-year-old boy died after he and his friend were pulled from a snow bank in Washington County, New York.

Greenwich-Cambridge police received a call around 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 13th regarding two missing 12-year-old boys.

Police said the boys were playing in a snow bank while a Department of Public Works truck was plowing.

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

“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,” George Bell, Greenwich-Cambridge police chief said.

One boy was found unresponsive and died at the hospital. The other boy was found conscious. He was responsive and talking at the hospital.

It’s unclear whether the boys became trapped after the snow fort they were making collapsed, or whether the snow plow buried them in the snow.

The child who was found conscious told police he heard what sounded like machinery and then it went dark.

The incident remains under investigation.