Two children crushed to death by giant boulder near French ski resort

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Two people look at the mountain cottage destroyed by a rockslide which killed two children aged seven and ten, on February 23, 2014 in Isola Village (French Alps). Both children and their families from the region, arrived yesterday in the village where they occupied an old barn located on a cliff. AFP PHOTO / JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET        (Photo credit should read JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET/AFP/Getty Images)


Two children aged seven and ten have died in Isola Village in the French Alps after the mountain cottage they were sleeping in with their family was crushed by a giant boulder.

The tragedy happened on Sunday before 5am near popular ski resort Isola 2000.

A French Gendarme looks at, on February 23, 2014 in Isola Village (French Alps), the mountain cottage destroyed by a rockslide which killed two children aged seven and ten. AFP PHOTO / JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET        (Photo credit should read JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET/AFP/Getty Images)

According to the Daily Telegraph, Jean-Marie Bogini, the mayor of the village of Isola, said: "There was a landslide. There were seven people in the house – five adults and two children."

Some of the members of the family reportedly managed to escape from the destroyed ski chalet but the two children were unable to get out.

A picture taken on February 23, 2014 in Isola Village (French Alps), shows the site of the mountain cottage destroyed by a rockslide which killed two children aged seven and ten. Both children and their families from the region, arrived yesterday in the village where they occupied an old barn located on a cliff.AFP PHOTO / JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET        (Photo credit should read JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET/AFP/Getty Images)

The Daily Mail reports that the boulder was 32ft high and 16ft wide and was dislodged from a cliff above.

Those who escaped were rushed to a hospital in Nice and were treated for minor injuries and shock.

Policemen patrol on a road near Isola Village (French Alps) where a mountain cottage has been destroyed by a rockslide which killed two children aged seven and ten, on February 23, 2014.  Both children and their families from the region, arrived yesterday in the village where they occupied an old barn located on a cliff. AFP PHOTO / JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET        (Photo credit should read JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET/AFP/Getty Images)

The victims have not been named.

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