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Boy Killed in Ski Accident

13-year-old Rajiv Paluri struck a tree while skiing in Westford, Mass.

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.

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."

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