(CBS Charlotte) — Investigators have identified two children who died after a wall of dirt fell on them at a residential construction site last night, in eastern Lincoln County.
According to WBTV, during a news conference on Monday morning, investigators have identified the children as James Levi Caldwell, 7, of Stanley, and Chloe Jade Arwood, 6, of Gastonia. It is believed that the children are cousins.
When local police and firefighters were first dispatched to the scene, it was believed that the children had been playing near a basement that was under construction near their grandparents’ house — when they became trapped by a wall of dirt that had collapsed.
Nearly 75 rescuers from four different counties participated in the rescue effort — which began shortly after 6 p.m. last night. The Charlotte Fire Department also assisted in the rescue operation.
Underneath the wall of dirt was a 24-foot-deep pit with a sloped entrance. Earlier reports had suggested that the children were at the bottom of the pit retrieving a child-sized pickaxe when the dirt fell in on them.
However, according to the Lincoln County sheriff’s Office, the children were in the pit playing when the collapse happened.
-Nichole Jaworski, CBS Charlotte