Broadcast Tower Crumples With Crew of Six On Site, One Reported Dead

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(See more photos below) Courtesy KYTV

An 1,980-foot broadcast tower that was being worked on in the Fordland, MO area on State Highway FF collapsed yesterday morning resulting in a fatality, according to the Logan-Rogersville Fire Protection District. Webster County Sheriff Roye Cole said the workers were replacing cross beams on the tower.

LRFPD was assisting Southern Webster County Fire Protection District on the emergency call involving the tower, which is owned by KOZK-TV, the PBS affiliate operated out of Springfield by Missouri State University, according to the Marshfield Mail.

A total of six people, approximately 105 feet in the air at the time of the collapse, were doing maintenance work on the tower, said LRFPD Assistant Fire Chief Rob Talburt. The entire tower is now on the ground, he said. In addition to the fatality, three additional workers were transported to Springfield hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, Talburt told the Mail.

“It’s lucky that there were not more people killed out here,” he said, adding there was no other associated damage from the tower collapsing.

The Webster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident, officials said.

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Photos courtesy of KYTV, Springfield  

April 20, 2018         

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