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Cellular Phone Tower Collapses Killing Three People

"It's just heartbreaking, I mean, here you got people who were performing their duties of their job and trying to do a good job and you know an unfortunate incident happens," said Lt. Michael Baylous, West Virginia State Police.

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. - Three people are dead and two were injured after two cell phone towers collapsed on Saturday morning in Summit Park.

"Preliminary information revealed that they were working on stabilizing that tower and were repairing some of the, I guess some of the foundation and it some how became weak and collapsed," said Lt. Michael Baylous, West Virginia State Police.

After the first cell tower collapsed police say two workers, Kyle Kirkpatrick, 32, and Terry Richard Jr., 27, were killed and two other men were injured

"The nature of the work they were doing could have led to the weakening of the tower and caused it to collapse," said Lt. Baylous. 

That's when police say a second tower collapsed that killed Nutter Fort Volunteer Fireman, Michael Garrett, 28. They say the second tower was weakened by the collapse of the first.

The two injured men and an additional injured firefighter were transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital and United Hospital Center. Their injuries are said to be non-life threatening. 

"Everything that we've seen so far shows that it's just an unfortunate accident. You know, it's really sad," said Lt. Baylous. "You know here you got these young workers, they've lost their lives and you've got a first responder who lost his life as well."

It's an accident that has left the community heartbroken.

"It's just heartbreaking, I mean, here you got people who were performing their duties of their job and trying to do a good job and you know an unfortunate incident happens," said Lt. Baylous. "And firemen, like police officers, they selflessly serve others and that's what they were doing here and unfortunately you know they didn't make it home that evening."

Police say the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will investigate the incident. 





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