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Illinois girl, 12, killed and nine-year-old friend is suffering from hypothermia in snow collapse

Illinois girl, 12, killed and nine-year-old friend is suffering from hypothermia after snow tunnel collapses on them while playing in a church parking lot

  • A 12-year-old girl was pronounced dead at 4.30pm on Sunday in Illinois after snow collapsed on her while she and a friend were playing outside of church
  • She and a nine-year-old friend were both found at around 2.40pm after a snow tunnel they had built collapsed on them outside of Rothem Church
  • The temperature in Arlington Heights was about 14 degrees Fahrenheit then 
  • The girls had been outside in Arlington Heights for one hour before being found
  • Both were taken to a hospital, where the nine-year-old girl remains
  • She is being observed overnight and treated for hypothermia

One child has died and another is suffering from hypothermia after being trapped under snow for possible as long as an hour that collapsed on them in Illinois.

A 12-year-old girl did not survive and her friend, age nine, is being treated at a hospital in Arlington Heights, WGN9 reported.

The girls were playing in a snow tunnel they had dug in church’s parking lot when the snow fell on them, Arlington Heights Police Sergeant Charles Buczynski said. 

The girls were found shortly before 3pm on Sunday in what police are calling a tragic accident.

The temperature in Arlington Heights was about 14 degrees Fahrenheit at that time, according to the National Weather Service. 

First responders were called to Rothem Church on East College Drive at around 2.40pm, the Arlington Heights Police Department said.

The parents of the children were inside the church attending service, while the girls played outside.

Authorities said it appeared as if the children had tried to dig a tunnel through a snow bank in the parking lot that had been created by plows.

A 12-year-old girl has died and her nine-year-old friend is suffering from hypothermia after both were found trapped under snow that had collapsed on them while playing outside of Rothem Church in Arlington Heights, Illinois on Sunday. The scene is pictured

Authorities said it appeared as if the children had tried to dig a tunnel through a snow bank in the parking lot that had been created by plows

Authorities said it appeared as if the children had tried to dig a tunnel through a snow bank in the parking lot that had been created by plows

As they were climbing through it, the make-shift fort is believed to have come crashing down on them

As they were climbing through it, the make-shift fort is believed to have come crashing down on them

As they were climbing through it, the make-shift fort is believed to have come crashing down on them. 

It’s believed the children were stuck under the collapsed snow for up to one hour, but authorities couldn’t be sure about that because no one witnessed the collapse, Buczynski told the Chicago Tribune. 

That’s how much time had passed before the parents checked on them, since they hadn’t yet come back inside. 

It’s believed the children were stuck under the collapsed snow for up to one hour, but authorities couldn’t be sure about that because no one witnessed the collapse

When paramedics arrived, officials said the girls's relatives had already pulled them out from underneath the pile of snow

When paramedics arrived, officials said the girls’s relatives had already pulled them out from underneath the pile of snow

At that time, the 12-year-old was in cardiac arrest and was not breathing. At 4.30pm on Sunday she was officially pronounced dead

At that time, the 12-year-old was in cardiac arrest and was not breathing. At 4.30pm on Sunday she was officially pronounced dead

When paramedics arrived, officials said their relatives had already pulled them out from underneath the pile of snow.

At that time, the 12-year-old was in cardiac arrest and was not breathing.

At 4.30pm on Sunday she was officially pronounced dead. An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday. 

The nine-year-old will be observed overnight at Northwest Community Hospital. 

The children were found outside of Rothem Church on East College Drive at around 2.40pm

The children were found outside of Rothem Church on East College Drive at around 2.40pm



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