2 NY children rescued from snowbank after being trapped for hours
NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Two boys whose parents became alarmed when they didn’t come home from playing in the snow were found hours later buried in a snow bank. Officials say a plow operator moving snow didn’t realize they were there.
Authorities in Newburgh say the parents of the 9-year-old and 11-year-old boys called police just before midnight Wednesday. The children had been out, possibly trying to build a snow fort.
Officials searching a snow bank nearby found the boys around 2 a.m. Thursday after an officer saw a shovel half buried. The officer took the shovel and started to dig, and saw a small boot. Others joined in, some digging with bare hands, and the boys were found.
They were conscious and suffering from exposure. The boys were taken to the hospital, where one remains under observation.
Authorities say a snow plow operator had been clearing a parking lot by pushing snow over, and didn’t see the boys on the other side of the pile.