Police: 3-year-old boy dies after falling into grease trap behind fast-food restaurant

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -

Police say a 3-year-old boy has died after falling into an underground grease collection tank behind a fast-food restaurant in an upstate New York.

According to Rochester Police Investigator Frank Camp, the boy fell through a plastic cover Monday morning into the grease trap behind a Tim Hortons restaurant.

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, back in October 2017.

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

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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