Names of victims released in cell phone tower collapse

Local - 2/2/2014 8:06 PM
CLARKSBURG - 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 Kyle Kirkpatrick, 32, of Hulbert, Okla., and Terry Lee Richard Jr., 27, of Bokoshe, Okla. He identified the firefighter as Michael Dale Garrett, 28, of Clarksburg, a member of the Nutter Fork Volunteer Fire Department. 

Baylous said 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. 

The towers are owned by SBA Communications. 

SBA Communications spokeswoman Lynne Hopkins said the company is saddened by the accident and is cooperating with investigators. 


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