Two Cell Phone Towers Collapse Near Blaine; Two Reported Dead

By Derek Nester
KNDY – March 25, 2014

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Two cellular towers collapsed near Rock Creek Road and Highway K-16 in Pottawatomie County this morning near the community of Blaine.

Pottawatomie County Fire Supervisor Bruce Brazzle told KMAN Radio that four individuals were working at the tower site, with two on the tower at the time of the collapse. Both of those workers are reported dead. We will continue to follow the story as more information is released.

Update:

On Tuesday, just after 9:30 a.m. the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office received a call that a communication tower had collapsed.

The location of the tower was reported to be at Highway 16 and Rock Creek Rd. near Blaine Kan.   Sheriff’s Deputies, EMS,  Fire / Rescue, Kansas Department of Transportation and Kansas Highway Patrol responded to the scene.

Upon arrival it was discovered that two towers had collapsed, one recently built and one that was older.

Two workers had been on the older tower working when it went down.

One worker was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other was transported to a local hospital where he also passed away.    The workers had been at the site and were in the process of dismantling the older tower.  Both workers were reported to be at a height greater than 250 feet when the towers collapsed.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster