2 Kids' Bodies Pulled From Construction Site Collapse

Had been playing in a hole: reports

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 8, 2013 3:30 AM CDT | Updated Apr 8, 2013 10:57 AM CDT

(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."

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.
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)
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.
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)
Chelsea Jones, 14, remembers, on Monday, April 8, 2013, the two children she babysat for the past few months who died when a basement wall collapsed in a construction area behind the children's home, on Sunday, in Stanley, N.C.
Chelsea Jones, 14, remembers, on Monday, April 8, 2013, the two children she babysat for the past few months who died when a basement wall collapsed in a construction area behind the children's home,...   (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
Bradley Jones wipes a tear from his eye as he remembers the two children, Monday, April 8, 2013, that his daughter has babysat for the past few months, in Stanley, N.C.
Bradley Jones wipes a tear from his eye as he remembers the two children, Monday, April 8, 2013, that his daughter has babysat for the past few months, in Stanley, N.C.   (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
A man, left, walks with police investigators Monday, April 8, 2013, around the scene of a collapsed construction site where two children died when the dirt walls collapsed Sunday night.
A man, left, walks with police investigators Monday, April 8, 2013, around the scene of a collapsed construction site where two children died when the dirt walls collapsed Sunday night.   (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
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