IDAHO — A deluge of snow slid off a cabin’s roof in eastern Idaho and buried three children underneath, resulting in the death of a two-year-old child.
The accident occurred on Friday night, February 26th around 5:21 p.m. in the Mack’s Inn/Island Park area, according to the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office.
Emergency responders took more than 30 minutes to dig the three children out, because they were covered in several feet of snow and ice, according to the Idaho State Journal.
“You start out with a family memory that is wonderful and then you end up with a tragedy that you’ll never really get over,” Mike Bogden, a resident of Island Park said.
The three victims, which included two seven-year-olds, were airlifted to the hospital, according to the sheriff’s office. The toddler, Halle Merrill, died from her injuries, the Idaho State Journal said.
Bogden helped rescue the kids.
“One of my closest friends was the first one there to start digging the kids out and you know, I mean, they were working through all it was worth to try and get through seven feet of snow to get to the kids. They got the oldest two out first, and the youngest one was the last to come out,” Bogden said.
Both seven-year-olds are now listed in fair condition at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.
“It’s just horrible. We’re all just terribly grieved by the loss of the young one,” Bogden said.
Warmer temperatures in Idaho have caused snow and ice to begin to melt — and it has nowhere to go but down.
One resident shoveled his roof twice so far this year.
“You will have no idea that it’s going to slide. You can even wire it and it will cut it off into pieces and so it will roll off,” Stephen Bauchman said.
A “Fundly” page has been set up to help Merrill’s family pay for her funeral. More than $13,000 has been raised.