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Boy buried alive in collapsed tunnel dies

February 15, 2012 |  9:12 am

An 11-year-old Temecula boy who was rescued after a tunnel he was digging collapsed, burying him from his head to his legs, has died from his injuries, authorities said.

The incident occurred Feb. 4 when two 11-year-old boys were digging tunnels in a dry riverbed southeast of Long Canyon Creek Park in Temecula. When a tunnel collapsed, one of the boys was able to free himself and yell for help, but his friend was buried.

Two adults near the area started digging and called 911, and with the help of Temecula police officers, were able to free the boy.

The injured child was taken by ambulance to Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta and then flown by helicopter to Children’s Hospital in San Diego. He died of his injuries Monday, according to a statement by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.


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