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Three Killed, Including Local Firefighter, In Clarksburg Cell Tower Collapse

Reported: Feb. 1, 2014 4:28 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 2, 2014 11:00 AM EST
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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia State Police have released the names of two workers and a firefighter who were killed when two cellphone towers collapsed.

Lt. Michael Baylous on Sunday identified the workers as 32-year-old Kyle Kirkpatrick of Hulbert, Okla., and 27-year-old Terry Lee Richard Jr. of Bokoshe, Okla. He identified the firefighter as 28-old Michael Dale Garrett of Clarksburg, a member of the Nutter Fork Volunteer Fire Department.

Baylous says Kirkpatrick and Richard were working on a 300-foot cellphone tower Saturday when it collapsed in Clarksburg. Garrett was killed when a smaller cellphone tower weakened by the collapse also fell. Two other workers suffered non-life threatening injuries.

State police Cpl. Mark Waggamon said Saturday that the workers were doing maintenance to strengthen the larger tower's support when the accident occurred.

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (Kera Mashek) -- At least three people are dead and two more seriously injured, following a cell phone tower collapse in Clarksburg on Saturday.

Some of the people were reported to have been on the tower and could have fallen anywhere from 80 to 100 feet.

A firefighter working to rescue the injured was also injured when a piece of the tower fell on him.

The tower has since been stabilized.

No word was available on what might've caused it to collapse or how surviving victims are doing.



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