Missouri public broadcasting tower collapses, killing one worker

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A tower that broadcasts Ozarks Public Television in Fordland, Mo., collapsed Thursday morning, killing one tower crew member.

A Washington-based crew of seven were working about 105 feet up on the 1,920-foot tower when it collapsed, according to a spokesperson for licensee Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo. Three other crew members suffered minor injuries and were treated and released from a local hospital.

The crew was working on structural reinforcement to upgrade equipment for the station’s channel repack, the spokesperson said.

Corrections: Earlier versions of this article provided incorrect heights for the tower. The News-Leader gave the tower’s height as 1,980 feet. And due to an editor’s error, a later version of this article said the tower was 597 feet. It was 1,920 feet, according to MSU. The News-Leader also erroneously reported that public radio KSMU, also licensed to Missouri State University, was broadcasting from the tower.

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