NC crews work to recover 2 children under dirt

DENVER, N.C - Authorities are still searching for the bodies of two children who were trapped when dirt fell on them while playing in a hole at a home construction site near Charlotte.

Lincoln County Emergency Management officials say a father of one of the children called 911 Sunday afternoon. The Charlotte Observer reported that Jordan Caldwell told operators he saw the dirt collapse on the 6-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy.

Officials say crews were on the scene within minutes but couldn't get to the children, who were trapped about 20 feet below a new home that was under construction.

Neighbors told the newspaper a man building the home had been digging with a backhoe earlier in the day.

Authorities said late Sunday they didn't expect to find the children alive.

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   Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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