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article imageSnow slides off roof, traps children inside car

By Lynn Curwin     Feb 20, 2011 in World
Parrsboro - Two 11-year-old girls were trapped inside of a car after snow slid off of an arena roof in Nova Scotia, burying the vehicle.
The girls, who play for the Antigonish Bulldogs Peewee hockey team, were in the back seat of a car parked at the Parrsboro Lions Arena Saturday afternoon when snow slid from the pitched steel roof.
They had just got in the car and one door was partially open when the snow landed. It broke the windshield and filled the front seat.
"There was a loud noise, which sounded a lot like a freight train," the CBC quoted RCMP Const. Dal Hutchinson, who there there as coach of the Parrsboro Predators, as saying. "Someone said 'that's the snow coming off the roof.' Within a minute, less than a minute, someone came running in the rink saying there were two young girls trapped in a car."
The Chronicle Herald reported that About 30 people began shovelling and a blueberry farmer got his tractor to help remove the snow, which was above the level of the car's side windows.
The Amherst Daily News reported that RCMP, firefighters, and Emergency Health Services arrived and rescuers and residents cleared snow from three vehicles and the surrounding area to ensure no one else was trapped.
More snow fell while people were shovelling, but no one was injured.
The girls received treatment at hospital for a cut hand and toe injuries.
Barricades were erected so that vehicles could not park close to the building, as there was still some snow on the roof.
Hutchinson said the incident serves as a reminder that snow should not be allowed to pile up on the roofs of large buildings.
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