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Crews find bodies of 2 children trapped in dirt

Monday - 4/8/2013, 9:03am  ET

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, N.C. Two television stations are reporting that two children are trapped under a home under construction in Lincoln County near Charlotte. WBTV and WSOC report firefighters from several places, including Charlotte, are on the scene Sunday night. (AP Photo/WSOC TV)
STANLEY, N.C. (AP) - Authorities have recovered the bodies of two children who were trapped when a wall of dirt fell on them while playing in a hole at a home construction site in North Carolina.

Lincoln County Emergency Services spokesman Dion Burleson say 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 of Charlotte.

Crews had been searching for the children since Sunday afternoon, when one of their fathers called 911 to report the collapse. Officials were on the scene within minutes but couldn't get to the children.

Neighbors have said a man building the home had been digging with a backhoe earlier in the day.

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