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STANLEY, N.C. (AP) -- The North Carolina father who was working in a two-story-deep hole that collapsed says he worked frantically to save his daughter and her cousin who died under a wall of falling dirt.
Thirty-one-year-old Jordan Arwood of Stanley was operating a backhoe Sunday night in the pit when the walls caved in on the children. The bodies of the two young cousins, 6-year-old Chloe Jade Arwood and 7-year-old James Levi Caldwell, were dug out Monday morning.
Arwood is the girl's father.
In his first media interview, Arwood told the Associated Press that he reached out to save the children but they were just outside his reach. He says he dug faster and faster trying to save the children until he couldn't breathe.
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