CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — In a story Feb. 1 about three people dying when two cellphone towers collapsed in West Virginia, The Associated Press used incorrect terminology in referring to cables used to stabilize such structures. They are guy wires, not guide wires.
A corrected version of the story is below:
W.Va. police: 3 die when cell towers collapse
West Virginia police say 2 contractors, 1 firefighter killed when cell towers collapse
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A 300-foot cellphone tower collapsed Saturday and minutes later a smaller tower fell, killing two contractors and a firefighter, authorities said.
The contractors were tethered to the larger tower when it collapsed in Clarksburg, State Police Cpl. Mark Waggamon said. A firefighter with the Nutter Fort Fire Department was killed when he was walking from his vehicle to the scene.
Two other contractors working on the larger tower were hurt and taken to a hospital. Waggamon described their injuries as serious but not life-threatening.
Waggamon said three of the workers were more than 60 feet up on the tower. One of those workers was killed along with a co-worker who was about 20 feet up when the tower toppled.
Two other workers at the site were not injured.