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.