Boy, 11, Critical After He’s Trapped In Collapsed Tunnel He Dug In Temecula

TEMECULA (CBS) — An 11-year-old boy is in critical condition after being trapped Saturday while playing in a tunnel he dug in Temecula.

Officers from the Temecula Police Department said the rescue operation was initiated at 4:12 p.m.

Two boys, both aged 11, were digging tunnels at the dry riverbed southeast of Long Canyon Creek Park located at 40356 N. General Kearny Road in Temecula.

One of the boys ended up being buried from his head to his legs after one of the tunnels collapsed. The other boy yelled for help and two adults responded and dug out the child while calling 911 for assistance.

Officers from the Temecula Police Department arrived on scene and immediately began rescue effort.

The unidentified boy was transported by ambulance to Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta for treatment, and then flown by helicopter to Children’s Hospital in San Diego. He is currently in critical condition.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Investigator Gray at the Temecula Police Department at 696-3000.


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