Ont. boy, 9, dies after being pulled from snow fort

An Orangeville police officer stands outside St. Benedict Elementary School in Orangeville on...

An Orangeville police officer stands outside St. Benedict Elementary School in Orangeville on February 6, 2014. The school is flying its flag at half-staff after the death of student Zachary Currie, 9, in the snow near his home. (Craig Robertson/QMI Agency)

Chris Doucette, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:27 AM ET

ORANGEVILLE, Ont. -- What should have been a fun-filled snow day turned deadly for nine-year-old Zachary Currie.

The boy died after a horrific mishap while playing in his family's yard Wednesday.

"Everyone is shocked and saddened," said Bruce Campbell, a spokesman for the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, after the boy's classmates were told the news Thursday.

It's believed Zachary was tunnelling through a snowbank outside his home in rural Amaranth, Ont., 82 km northwest of Toronto, when tragedy struck.

OPP say the lad's mother stepped outside the family's house to check on her son around 3:30 p.m. and found him trapped beneath the snow.

The boy was "unresponsive," Sgt. Thomas Watt said.

Zachary's mom performed CPR on him until paramedics arrived and whisked him to nearby Headwaters Health Care Centre.

He was then airlifted to the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto where he later died.

"It is premature to determine if the snowbank collapsed or if the child became trapped," Watt said, explaining the coroner's office will determine the cause of death.

He said the investigation is ongoing but foul play is not suspected.


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