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State and Nation

April 8, 2013

Father sobs on 911 after kids buried in collapse

STANLEY, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man tearfully begged authorities to hurry to his house to rescue his daughter and her cousin who were buried under dirt in a 24-foot deep pit.

Thirty-one-year-old Jordan Arwood was operating a backhoe Sunday night in the pit when the walls collapsed, burying the children.

Arwood's voice is heard on a 911 tape released Monday by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

He tells a dispatcher he can't see the children and urges them to get there quickly. Then he begins to sob and pray.

The bodies of two young cousins, 6-year-old Chloe Jade Arwood and 7-year-old James Levi Caldwell, were recovered Monday.

Sheriff David Carpenter would not say what was being built.

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