TV Tower Collapse Kills 1 in Southwest Missouri

A television tower collapsed in Webster County, Mo., Thursday, killing one worker and injuring three others.

Posted: Apr. 19, 2018 1:35 PM

(FORDLAND, Mo.) A television tower collapsed in Webster County, Mo., Thursday, killing one worker and injuring three others.


The tower, owned by local public television station KOZK, toppled just before 10 a.m. as a crew of workers performed routine maintenance on the nearly 200-foot-tall structure.

Six workers were about 105 feet up the tower when it collapsed, according to assistant chief Rob Talburt of the Logan-Rogersville Fire Protection District.

One of the workers died and three others were taken to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, Talburt said.

The body of the man who died remained trapped under debris from the tower more than an hour after the collapse.

"We are all on the scene and the body of the deceased is still buried underneath the tower," Talburt said.

"It will require some equipment to get him out. All that is coming later today."

Authorities are conducting an investigation into what caused the deadly incident.

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