UPDATE: 2 dead after communications tower collapse in NE Kansas

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Authorities in northeast Kansas say two men died after a cellphone tower they were working on collapsed.

The collapse happened at midmorning Tuesday near the Pottawatomie County town of Blaine.

County Fire Supervisor Bruce Brazzle said four people were working at the site. The two who died were on the tower when it collapsed. Those on the ground were unhurt. The two men killed are identified as Martin Powers, 38, of St. Charles, Missouri and Seth Garner, 25 of St. Peters, Missouri. They worked for a company named Wireless Horizon.

Names of those killed were not immediately released. Investigators are trying to determine why the tower fell over.

Blaine is located about 50 miles northwest of Topeka.

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