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1,500-Foot TV Tower Collapses, Kills 3 Workers

A 1,500-foot transmission tower collapsed into a mass of twisted metal Saturday, killing three workers on the tower who earlier discussed cutting short their repairs because it was too windy.

Dallas-Fort Worth television station KXAS one of the stations that uses the tower - reported a gust of wind caught the machine used to hoist materials up to the workers. The device fell, breaking a guy wire and causing the tower to fall.

“When people said ‘The tower!’ I turned and looked and just saw the motion of the last of the tower disappearing between the tree line,” said police Lt. Jim Zerban. “It was up and then it was down. It was very, very fast.”

The red and white tower - which once stood 50 feet taller than the Sears Tower in Chicago - snapped nearby power lines as it fell and caused a transformer to explode, starting a small fire that was quickly extinguished.

Harold Nash, manager of the tower, said the maintenance workers were preparing to install a new antenna. Less than three hours before the accident, he said, the workers agreed that conditions would not allow them to carry through with their plans to remove the old antenna.

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