Equipment Collapses at TV Tower Killing Three

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Three people working on the WSVN television transmission tower have died after the ginpole they were on collapsed in Miami Gardens, FL late Wednesday afternoon according to WSVN, the station that housed the tower.  Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the scene at 501 NW 207 Street in Miami Gardens, at around 4 p.m.

The ginpole gave way, according to witnesses, killing three crew members hired by WSVN to work on the tower, which is shared with WPLG, WSVN reported. According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the crew fell about 300 to 400 feet. WSVN said they had hired Tower King II out of Texas to do work on the tower.

WSVN-TV owner and president Edmund Ansin released a statement that reads, “We are saddened by this tragic event. Our deepest sympathies go out to the families of the three men who died. They worked for a company hired by Channel 7 to perform work on the tower that was required by the [Federal Communications Commission].”

Tower King II out of Texas is not the same company as TowerKing out of Defiance, OH. Several media outlets confused the two and TowerKing released the following statement, “We at TowerKing in Defiance, Ohio are saddened to learn of the unfortunate events that occurred in our industry [yesterday] near Miami, Florida. We extend our condolences to the friends to the friends and family of the people involved in today’s accident. Tower King II, the Texas-based company whose employees were involved in the accident, has no affiliation with our company in any way. We will keep those affected by this tragedy in our prayers.”

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September 28, 2017

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