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3-year-old boy dies after falling into restaurant grease trap

Jul 15, 2019

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) A 3-year-old boy has died after falling into an underground grease collection tank behind a Tim Horton's restaurant. 

Rochester Police Investigator Frank Camp says the boy fell through a plastic cover into the grease trap behind the Tim Hortons on University Avenue around 11 a.m. Monday. Witnesses pulled the unidentified child out and administered CPR. 

Camp says the child was pronounced dead at Strong Memorial Hospital. He called the incident an ``unspeakable tragedy.'' 

Restaurant grease traps are designed to keep used oil and grease out of sewer systems. 

Alabama lawmakers passed legislation requiring more secure covers after a 3-year-old girl died in a 6-foot-deep grease trap in Auburn, Alabama in October 2017. 

In Tulsa, Oklahoma, a 5-year-old girl was rescued after falling into a grease trap in March 2018.