UPDATE: Victim Identified In T-V Tower Collapse Near Fordland

One person has died after a t-v tower came crashing to the ground off Highway FF near Fordland Thursday morning.

It happened on property off FF near Saddleclub Road. 

The tower was 1,980 feet tall.

Logan-Rogersville Assistant Fire Chief Robert Talbert says six people were working on the tower about 105 feet in the air when it collapsed.

Investigators say Stephen J Lemay, 56, of Washington state died and three others were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The Webster County Sheriff says the workers were replacing crossbeams on the tower.  

The tower, which is owned by Missouri State University, was used to broadcast Ozarks Public Television.

Missouri State released the following statement:

A tragedy occurred in Fordland today.

A KOZK tower collapsed while crew members from the state of Washington performed maintenance on it.

One crew member died.

“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.”

Three team members were transported to Springfield for medical evaluation.

Their injuries were not life-threatening.

Regional stations are helping Ozarks Public Television to restore service in the aftermath of the tragedy.

The National Weather Service also used the tower to broadcast weather radio updates.

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