One man remains in critical condition after incident at Norman cell tower

Two men who were taken to area hospitals after an incident at a Norman cell tower Tuesday have been released from the hospital, but a third man remained in critical condition Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: September 3, 2014 at 7:10 pm •  Published: September 3, 2014
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Two men who were taken to area hospitals after an incident at a Norman cell tower Tuesday have been released from the hospital, but a third man remained in critical condition Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

Don Buffarini was treated and released from Norman Regional Hospital and Josh Harjo was discharged from OU Medical Center, officials said. Lucas Mullins, the third man involved in the incident, was in critical condition Wednesday afternoon at OU Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Officials did not release the ages or hometowns of the men.

About 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Norman fire crews responded to a cell tower near North University Boulevard and Highland Parkway with reports that a man was unconscious at the cell tower about 120 feet from the ground, a fire official said. Officials could not confirm Wednesday which of the men was the one who was unconscious or what caused him to become unconscious.

When crews arrived at the scene Tuesday, three men were on the cell tower. One of the men was trying to help the unconscious man, and they had an uncontrolled descent. They stopped about 20 feet from the ground, and fire crews were able to send ladders and a platform up to rescue them from the tower.

The third man was closer to the ground on the cell tower, and officials did not believe he was seriously injured.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Labor said Wednesday.


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