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*UPDATE* Two Dead In Communication Tower Collapse Near Blaine

Tragedy struck rural Pottawatomie County during the late morning hours of Tuesday, when two communication towers collapsed near the intersection of Highway 16 and Rock Creek Road outside the community of Blaine.

The Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office reports that they received a call that a tower had collapsed at 9:30 a.m. Sheriff’s deputies, EMS, Fire & Rescue as well as the Kansas Department of Transportation and Highway Patrol responded to the scene.

Authorities learned that two towers had collapsed upon arrival, one under construction and an older tower next to it. The Sheriff’s Office reports that two workers were on the old tower when it collapsed at a height of over 250 feet.

One of the workers was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Two other workers were on the ground, and escaped unharmed.

The construction crew was in the process of dismantling the older communications tower, but the cause of the collapse of both towers is unknown at this time. The identities of the two workers haven’t been released.

About Derek Nester

Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. 6 radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on 69 radio stations across 9 Midwest states.