Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

February 2, 2014

Police ID 3 killed in W.Va. cell towers collapse


Associated Press

CLARKSBURG (AP) — 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 32-year-old Kyle Kirkpatrick of Hulbert, Okla., and 27-year-old Terry Lee Richard Jr. of Bokoshe, Okla. He identified the firefighter as 28-old Michael Dale Garrett of Clarksburg, a member of the Nutter Fork Volunteer Fire Department.

Baylous says 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.

State police Cpl. Mark Waggamon said Saturday that the workers were doing maintenance to strengthen the larger tower’s support when the accident occurred.