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Girl who survived fatal snow fort collapse goes home

January 22, 2019 GMT

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — A girl who survived the collapse of a snow fort in suburban Chicago while another girl died has been released from a hospital.

Relatives say the 9-year-old is recovering but has been crying over the death of 12-year-old Esther Jung outside Rothem Church in Arlington Heights. The girls were playing in a snow fort Sunday when it collapsed.

Esther is the daughter of the church pastor. Police are calling her death a tragic accident.

Sophia Shin told relatives that she called for help but apparently wasn’t heard. The temperature at the time was about 14 degrees. Sophia was treated for hypothermia.