Ice build up blamed for collapse of towers

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 20, 2003

Ice is being blamed for the collapse of two area broadcast towers.

A 1,500-foot television and radio transmission tower buckled near the Kanawha-Putnam county, W.Va., line, knocking both stations off line.

No one was injured, but a building housing the transmitter was destroyed. The tower broadcasts signals for WVAH-TV and WKLC radio, said Terry Cole, news director for WVAH and its sister station, WCHS-TV in Charleston.

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WCHS-TV was not affected by the collapse.

Also, Portsmouth-area radio station WPAY's 660-foot tower collapsed about 3 p.m. Wednesday, possibly because it was covered in ice, said Phil Malone, spokesman for the Scioto County Sheriff's Office.

No one was injured and no homes or roads were damaged when the tower fell, Malone said. It stood on a hill in South Shore, Ky., across the Ohio River from Portsmouth.