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Boy critically hurt after dirt cave he was digging collapses

February 5, 2012 |  9:42 am

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An 11-year-old boy was critically hurt after a dirt cave he was digging near a Temecula park collapsed, authorities said.

The boy had been working with another 11-year-old boy Saturday afternoon to dig through the side of a dry creek bed southeast of Long Canyon Creek Park when a tunnel suddenly collapsed. One boy was trapped, and the other boy was able to escape and call for help.

Two adults pulled out the trapped boy, whose head and chest had been buried, according to a statement from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

The boy was transported first to Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta for treatment, then flown to Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. As of Saturday night, the boy was in critical condition.

Riverside County sheriff’s Deputy Ed Reynoso said Sunday morning that he had no update on the boy’s condition. A Rady Children’s Hospital official said she was unable to immediately comment on how the boy was doing.

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Photo: Two boys were digging a cave into a shallow dirt wall when it collapsed, trapping one. Credit: Casper News via KTLA-TV Channel 5 

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