Cedar Hill, TX TV Tower Collapses, Oct 1996
TV TOWER COLLAPSES, KILLING 3 WORKERS.
Cedar Hill, Tex., Oct. 12 - A 1,500
foot television tower collapsed today, snapping power lines, causing a transformer to explode and killing three workers.
The maintenance workers were installing an antenna on the tower when the accident occurred, Lieut.
Jim Zerban of the Cedar Hill police said.
"It was up and then it was down," he said. "It was very, very fast."
The collapse left a twisted mass of red and white metal on the ground.
The Dallas-Fort Worth television station KXAS reported that a gust of wind caught the gin used to hoist materials to the tower. The device fell, breaking a guy wire and causing the tower to fall.
Firefighters in this Dallas suburb were on the scene battling the fire caused by the explosion.
The antenna was shared by several UHF stations and several FM radio stations, which were knocked off the air as a result of the accident, said Bill Howell, an assignment editor at KXAS-TV, sister station to KXTX-TV.
New York Times New York 1996-10-13
Killed in the Accident were:
DANA "DOC" CAMPBELL, foreman.
JOE KELLY, JR.