2 Kids' Bodies Pulled From Construction Site Collapse
Had been playing in a hole: reports
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 8, 2013 3:30 AM CDT
Updated Apr 8, 2013 10:57 AM CDT
In this image made from video and provided by WSOC-TV Charlotte, authorities work to rescue two children at a construction site, Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Stanley, NC.   (AP Photo/WSOC TV)

(Newser) – A construction site accident in rural North Carolina did indeed claim the lives of two children, a 13-hour search involving more than 100 people has revealed. A wall of dirt fell on cousins who'd been playing in a hole at the excavated site, reports the Charlotte Observer. The body of the 6-year-old girl was uncovered around 6am, and that of the 7-year-old boy about an hour later. The kids were trapped under roughly 24 feet of dirt.

Now officials are investigating the cause of the accident, which occurred about 20 miles northwest of Charlotte, USA Today reports. According to the sheriff, the boy's father had been using a backhoe to dig near where the children were playing; he reportedly placed the first 911 call. "There were several thousand pounds of dirt on top of them," the sheriff told the Observer. Adds an emergency management rep for the county, "These are horrific circumstances."

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Zero_for_President
Apr 8, 2013 7:40 PM CDT
The father was building a "bunker" without a permit. The children's babysitter knew how dangerous this was. The father has been arrested as a felon with weapons and marijuana in his trailer. This is a story of sad human values destroying young life. A real American story. Sick, gun-nut builds his bunker to protect (his pot stash I'll bet) and kills his kids doing it. VOTE YOUR HEARTS AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE http://www.heartvote.com
K.C.
Apr 8, 2013 1:45 PM CDT
The older I get the more I notice how most people with children do not supervise them. Sometimes they won't, sometimes they are just too ignorant but most of the time they can't. As a matter of fact, I NEVER see any parents properly supervising their children and it is a wonder how they grow up at all. From what I glean from this story, the father grossly endangered his children. There was no one to leave them with while he worked; ergo, he shouldn't have had them to begin with. This is just another example of over population. How I wish people would understand that the blessing of going to be fruitful and multiply is long over. We did it already
Libris_Fidelis
Apr 8, 2013 12:37 PM CDT
Children will sneak into construction sites, they do it all the time -- I did it when I was a child but I didn't vandalize or steal anything. But I clicked "Ridiculous" because... a heavy equipment operator father brings his two young children into a construction site ???? What a dumb-ass !!!!