A nine-year-old boy has died after an accident involving a snowbank.

At about 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday February 5th, the nine-year-old found burrowed into a snowbank and pulled from a pile of snow near his house in Amaranth Township.

OPP Const. Paul Nancekivell tells CTV News the boy’s mom pulled him out and performed CPR until emergency crews arrived. The boy was rushed to Headwaters Hospital in Orangeville.

An Ornge air ambulance was called, but the boy wasn’t airlifted.

Police say their investigation is very preliminary and the coroner’s office is on scene on Thursday.

“We’ll examine the scene, photograph the scene, and try and determine what happened here,” Nancekivell says. “We’re still interviewing witnesses to see what happened … we’re still in the early stages.”

Nancekivell has a warning for parents and kids playing outdoors:  “Be very careful. We’ve had a lot of snow over the last two weeks. We’ve had temperature changes. Some of the snow is heavy, some is light.”

“You don’t know what’s underneath the snow,” he says, “what the consistency is.”