UPDATE: One child dead, two in fair condition after ‘freak accident’
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The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office reports the 2-year-old child has died as a result of this accident. The other two 7-year-olds are now in fair condition in EIRMC’s pediatrics.
ISLAND PARK — Three children were flown to the hospital after a large amount of snow slid off a roof and buried them Friday evening.
Fremont County Sheriff Len Humphries says a 2-year-old and two 7-year-olds, all girls, were outside a cabin in the Mack’s Inn area around 5:30 p.m. when the accident happened.
Investigators say the children were buried in nearly seven feet of heavy snow and ice.
Humphries says so much snow fell from the roof that “it took 30 minutes plus” to locate the children and all of them were unconscious.
Multiple crews responded to the scene, including Fremont County Sheriff deputies, Island Park EMS, Madison County ALS and Lifeflight.
All three children were flown to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, Humphries said. The two 7-year-olds were revived on scene and the 2-year-old was revived in the medical helicopter. Sources tell EastIdahoNews.com the younger girl is “clinging to life” at the hospital.
“This was a freak accident,” Humphries tells EastIdahoNews.com. “It was heart wrenching for the dispatchers and EMTs and firemen and everyone who responded. Our prayers are with the kids and their families.”
Names of the children have not been released.