Crews find bodies of 2 NC children trapped in dirt

POSTED: 7:32 PM Apr 09 2013   UPDATED: 11:16 AM Apr 08 2013
construction site bodies found
STANLEY, N.C. -

Authorities have recovered the bodies of two young cousins buried when a wall of dirt fell on them while they played in a hole at a home construction site in North Carolina.

A spokesman for Lincoln County Emergency Services says the bodies of a 6-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy were pulled Monday from a 24-foot-deep pit in the town of Stanley, outside Charlotte. The accident happened at a rural site on a two-lane road dotted with modular and mobile homes.

Crews had searched for the children since Sunday afternoon, when the boy's father called 911 to report the collapse. Officials were on the scene within minutes but couldn't get to the children.

The sheriff says the father had been digging with a backhoe earlier in the day.