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Feb 1, 2014 8:20 PM by Associated Press

W.Va. police: 3 die when cell towers collapse

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - Police in West Virginia say three people have died when two cellphone towers collapsed.

State Police Cpl. Mark Waggamon says two contractors who were tethered to a 300-foot tower were killed when the structure collapsed shortly before noon Saturday in Clarksburg. A member of the Nutter Fort Fire Department died after a second, smaller tower collapsed minutes later.

Two other contractors who were also tethered to the larger tower were hurt and taken to a hospital. Waggamon described their injuries as serious but not life-threatening.

Two other workers at the site were not injured.

Waggamon says the workers were doing maintenance to strengthen the tower's support when it collapsed. He says the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate.

Names of the victims were not immediately released.

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