Crews working tirelessly since Sunday afternoon have recovered the bodies of two children buried when a wall of dirt fell on them at a home construction site in Stanley, North Carolina.

A 6-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy were playing in a 24-foot-deep pit when the walls of the 20’ by 20’ pit fell in on them, burying them alive. The father of the boy dialed 9-11 shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday when he witnessed the collapse. Authorities arrived at the scene within minutes, but crews were not able to get to the children in time to save them.