CLARKSBURG, W.Va. -- State police have identified the three men who were killed -- two workers and a responding firefighter -- when two cellphone towers collapsed in Clarksburg on Saturday.
The two workers were Kyle Kirkpatrick, 32, of Hulbert, Okla., and Terry Lee Richard Jr., 27, of Bokoshe, Okla, according to a news release from Lt. Michael Baylous.
The firefighter was Michael Dale Garrett, 28, of Clarksburg, a member of the Nutter Fork Volunteer Fire Department.
Kirkpatrick, Hulbert and two other workers were making structural repairs on a 300-foot-tall cellphone tower in the Summit Park neighborhood of Clarksburg when it collapsed just before noon on Saturday.
They were pronounced dead on the scene. The other two workers were taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. Baylous described their injuries as non-life- threatening.
The collapse of the tower put stress on a guy wire, weakening a second, smaller tower nearby, the Associated Press reported.
The second tower then collapsed, killing Garrett, who was responding to the scene. Another firefighter was also injured when the second tower collapsed, and taken to Ruby Memorial with non-life threatening injuries.
Kirkpatrick and Hulbert were employed by S&S Communications Specialists, according to a spokeswoman with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which is investigating the incident, along with the State Police.
The four S&S contractors were working on reinforcing the legs of the tower. When it collapsed they were removing bracing, Lenore Uddyback-Fortson, the OSHA spokeswoman said.
S&S is based in Oklahoma and sends crews across the country to build towers, modify towers and perform maintenance and upgrades.