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Cell Phone Tower Collapse Kills Three Including Firefighter

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Nutter Fort Volunteer Fire Dept.
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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 fallen firefighter as 28-old Michael Dale Garrett of Clarksburg, a member of the Nutter Fort Volunteer Fire Department.
 
Baylous said 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.
 
The towers are owned by SBA Communications.
 
SBA Communications spokeswoman Lynne Hopkins said the company is saddened by the accident and is cooperating with investigators.

The West Virginia State Police are investigating the accident.
 


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