Snow sliding off a roof of an ice rink buried five people who just happened to be walking by the building in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Boston-area has been hit hard with snow this winter and most people don’t realize that snow sliding off a roof is one very real danger. Firefighters say all five were buried in the snow with four of them buried at least up to their chest with one man buried over his head, reports WWLP. com Boston on Feb. 19.
Thankfully a man passing by heard the cries for help and immediately leaped into action digging the people out. When he arrived on the scene he saw a head popping out of this huge snow mound screaming for help. It was like a avalanche coming off the roof and burying its victims. Even with their heads exposed to the air, the weight of the snow could make it hard to breath.
According to ABC Local News Boston, an ice skating rink employee jumped in and helped dig the people out of this huge snow mound. When the firefighters and paramedics arrived “a 34-year-old man was partially dug out by his brother and Robert Biasella, who is a Simoni Ice Skating Rink employee.”
Biasella said that a woman came running in to the ice rink building and she was frantic, asking for help to dig the people out of the snow. This is when he went running out to help. “We took shovels and were digging frantically,” Biasella said.
Michaella Costa, 20, was one of the five buried by the snow. She said, “I thought I was going to die – literally. I was scared.” The man who was completely buried in snow was taken to the hospital, as was Costa. Both had neck injuries from the heavy mound of snow falling on them.
Jeremy Warnick, a spokeperson for the Police Department, explained that these people were basically at the wrong place at the wrong time. The snow came down and they just happened to be walking by the building at the time.
One man was waist-high in snow and a shovel was used to dig him out. Once he was out he took the shovel to find a man who was completely buried by the snow. Not knowing where to find the man completely buried, another man said that he felt around under the snow with his hand. He finally felt the fabric of his jacket and then he helped the others dig him out.
Deputy Supt. Jack Albert said, “I don’t think they had any warning. This came right down on them – literally.” He was describing how the quickly this event happened, as these folks were buried in snow without any warning at all.
This path is a popular route used by pedestrians to get to a nearby shopping center. Two people were taking to the hospital with injuries to their necks, but all five were shaken up over the incident. Thankfully there were only minor injuries from this inner city snow avalanche!