7-Year-Old Boy Killed by Homemade Igloo, Police Say

by Josh Lanier

A 7-year-old boy died while playing with his father in the snow Tuesday. The two had built a homemade igloo together, but it collapsed and trapped the boy inside.

It happened in Tarasp, a town in eastern Switzerland. After the roof of the igloo fell in, the father was able to dig himself out. His son was not, the New York Post reported. Several people rushed to help free the boy, but it took 15 minutes to dig him out.

He was taken to a hospital in Chur, the Post said, but died of his injuries.

Police are investigating the exact cause of his death, the New York Daily News said.

Several Killed Because of Winter Weather in U.S.

Icy weather and snow have caused more than 20 deaths across the United States in the past several days after much of the country was blanketed. Winter storms especially hit the Deep South hard, stranding some, and leaving millions without power as well. As many as four million people in Texas were without power for much of the past two days. This has led to a number of tragedies.

Four people in the Houston-area died after they lost power. The family was trying to keep their home warm using a fireplace. A mother and daughter in Houston also died after leaving their car running in a garage in an attempt to help heat up their home, the Times reported. Others have died in Kentucky, Louisiana, and Missouri, from the cold, from carbon monoxide poisoning while trying to stay warm, or from car wrecks, the New York Times said.

Those deaths include a 10-year-old boy who was killed in Tennessee after falling through the ice on a pond Sunday. The boy’s 6-year-old sister, who also fell into the icy water, was taken to the hospital in critical condition, a Memphis newspaper said. Temperatures dipped to 14 degrees in that area on Sunday. It’s unclear how long the two were in the water before they were rescued by firefighters.

More deaths are expected as temperatures are still below freezing in large portions of the country.