A 13-year-old boy has died after a ski accident Saturday afternoon in Westford, Massachusetts.
Officials say Rajiv Paluri of Westford struck a tree at Nashoba Valley Ski Area around 2:20 p.m.
Paluri was taken to Lowell General Hospital and pronounced dead.
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According to the ski resort, Paluri was wearing a helmet.
"All of us are deeply shaken by this incident," said Nashoba Valley General Manager Al Fletcher in a statement. "Our hearts are with his family."
Fletcher says it is the first fatality at the mountain.
School officials say Paluri was an eighth-grade student at Blanchard Middle School in Westford. Superintendent Bill Olsen tells NECN he was a "wonderful boy from a great family".
Principal Robin Whitney expressed sorrow at the loss and said in a statement that counselors would be available from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday.
"The Blanchard family is very saddened by the loss of Rajiv," said Whitney in the statement. "Rajiv and his family are in our thoughts and hearts."