A cell tower with 4 workers collapsed just after 11:30 a.m. on Murphy’s Run Road in the Summit Park area of Clarksburg.
Two men were killed and two men were injured as they were making structural repairs to the tower when it fell. They were repairing and removing old structural supports, and before any of that could be done, the tower collapsed. All four were pinned in the wreckage for sometime, said Cpl. Mark Waggamon.
Summit Park Volunteer Fire Department’s Fire Chief said four contractors, subcontracted by SBA Communications, were approximately 80 to 100 feet up on the tower, and harnessed to it, when it collapsed.
A Nutter Fort Volunteer Fireman was also killed when a second tower collapsed. The second tower was weakened by the collapse of the first tower, officials said.
The two injured workers, and an additional injured firefighter were transported to Ruby Memorial hospital and United Hospital Center for treatment for non-life threatening injuries.
Nutter Fort Fire Chief Jeremy Haddix confirmed the death in a statement sent out Saturday. “It is with great sadness that the Nutter Fort Fire Department is confirming the line of duty death of one of our members. The firefighter was injured on scene in Summit Park during a secondary collapse at the cell tower, and transported to United Hospital Center,” said Haddix.
The names of those who died as a result of this incident are Kyle Kirkpatrick, 32, from Hulbert, Oklahoma, Terry Lee Richard, Jr., 27, Bokoshe, Oklahoma. Nutter Fort Volunteer Fireman Michael Dale Garrett, 28, Clarksburg, W.Va.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families of this tragedy.
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