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Washington man dead after TV tower collapses in Missouri

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FORDLAND, Mo. -

Investigators say a worker was killed on a tower after it collapsed in a field in Fordland, Mo.

KY 3 TV reports that 56-year-old Steve J. Lemay from Washington state died in the collapse. 

Firefighters say a crew of seven were working at the tower when it fell. Three suffered minor injuries. Emergency crews transported them to a Springfield hospital.

Ozarks Public Television, KOZK-TV, confirmed with KY 3 TV that it was the station's tower. Missouri State University operates the PBS affiliate.

“We are shocked and saddened by the news,” said Suzanne Shaw, vice president for marketing and communications at Missouri State University. “Our condolences go out to the victims and their families. We are also providing support and resources to the other team members affected.”

The collapse happened shortly before 10 a.m. just off of Highway 60 near Highway FF. 

The crew had been working about 105 feet up on the tower. The tower is nearly 2,000 feet tall. When it collapsed, it tangled into a mess of steel. 

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