Boulder kills sleeping children

Last updated 07:00 24/02/2014

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A massive boulder has killed two children as they slept in a chalet near a French Alpine ski resort.

The children, aged seven and 10, were staying at the chalet in the village of Isola in France's Alpes-Maritimes region during the school holidays, Sky News reported.

Three adults managed to pull themselves free from the wreckage and two others had to be rescued early Sunday (local time). They were treated for minor injuries.

Local gendarme official Gael Marchand said the 9.8m by 4.9m rock could have broken off after being weakened by heavy rain last month.

Two families had been renting the chalet during the school break.

The nearby Isola 2000 ski station was shut down because of avalanche fears.

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