We all did it when we were kids. Now the dangers of hollowing out a snowbank in order to make a snow fort are evident, as a 12-year-old girl lost her life when the snow fort she and a friend were playing in collapsed on her.

Esther Jung of Elk Grove Illinois and her 9-year-old friend were playing in the snow outside their church while their parents attended services inside the building.

The snow fort the girls had built collapsed, trapping the girls. Adults found them about an hour later. The victim's 9-year-old friend survived and was taken to a nearby hospital.

Unfortunately, the dangers of being buried by snow are real and children need to be cautioned against putting themselves in a dangerous, possibly deadly situation.