Police ID 3 killed in W.Va. cell towers collapse

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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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