10-year-old WNY boy dies after becoming trapped under snow

(CNN) - A 10-year-old boy is dead after being trapped under snow in the Western New York town of Pendleton.

According to the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, the boy was digging a tunnel through the snow when it collapsed on top of him around 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

The child was taken to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

"I think it's terrible. I mean, I remember as kids when we would go out and play how easy it could be for something to happen, but you don't think about it. And, with snow being this high you never know what could happen. I think it's really sad, my heart goes out to the family,” said Julie Hitzges, a neighbor.

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident, but they believe it was an accident.

The child has not been identified.

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