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10/08/2002
A 13-year-old Eastland, Texas, boy died after being buried accidentally in a sand pile. The youngster and a friend had been playing in a sand pile at a cement plant, according to police. The pair were tunneling on opposite sides of the pile when the victim's end collapsed, burying him from the waist up in damp sand. His friend tried to save him but could not pull him out, authorities said. The friend flagged down a motorist, who performed CPR and called emergency personnel. The victim may have been buried in the sand anywhere from five to 15 minutes. (Source: Mine Safety and Health News)