Bodies of Two Kids Recovered After Dirt Wall Collapses


Authorities have recovered the bodies of two children who became trapped underneath dirt at a residential construction site near Charlotte, N.C., The Associated Press reported.

The children – a 6-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy – were reportedly playing around an excavated basement Sunday under construction near their grandparents’ home when a wall collapsed, trapping them below ground, according to NBC affiliate WCNC.

Charlotte firefighters, police, a structural engineer and rescuers from surrounding counties all aided in the initial effort to rescue the children.

The names of the children have not yet been released. WCNC reported that their father was with them and made the initial call to 911 around 6 p.m. Sunday.

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  1. fedlaw206 · April 8, 2013

    The father and his children were playing in a construction area (future homes). The kids climbed down into a hole, which was to be a basement for one of the homes. Dirt walls surrounding the hole collapsed and trapped the children. Rescuers recovered the children’s bodies a short time later.

    I read some of the comments from this story. Some mentioned placing armed guards at construction areas; someone mentioned hiring an attorney, but there little mention of the kids being in a construction zone with their father. Why did the father allow his children to play in a construction zone? Who knows why people make decisions they do.

    When I was a child a long time ago, we understood not to play in a construction zone. My friends and I would watch the workers from a far, but we did not dare venture into the site; want to know why? The answer is fairly straightforward. My parents told us not to play in those areas because they were dangerous!

    The following is one way I measure character: People make mistakes; we all do maybe once or twice in a lifetime (lol). Taking ownership of the mistake, and attempting to make things right, says a lot about your character. Blaming other people or situations for your decisions will not help anyone.

    The United States has this deflect and defer mindset, and we need to change the way we think. Take ownership of your decision (s). My daughter and I discussed this many times. They are always consequences for anything we do, whether positive or negative.

    This is a horrible situation. Hopefully people reading this story will think before making any decisions affecting other people’s lives. Do not blame other people for your choices. My thoughts and prayers go out to the parents, other family members and friends of the children. They died way too young!

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