Following Tower Collapse: KOZK Restores Some Service


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A tower collapsed Thursday morning near Forland killing a man and knocking out service to some areas.

Now, local MSU channel KOZK scrambles to restore its service.

While some service has been restored, KOZK said they’re still trying to figure out what to do with the tower.

One man is confirmed dead after a nearly 2,000-foot television tower collapsed this morning.

Webster County Sheriff’s Department identified the man as 56-year-old Stephen Lamay.

“We see a lot of different stuff every day, this is probably one of the most significant events I’ve been to in 25 years of service,” said Rob Talburt, the assistant fire chief for the Logan-Rogersville Fire Protection District.

As earlier reported, six contracted crew members from Washington were over 100-feet in the air adding structural reinforcements to the tower when it fell.

“I imagine they’ll have to get some structural engineers on the scene to look at that,” sand Andrea Mostyn, the Director of University Communications at MSU.

The other five members suffered minor injuries, three of them were transported to the hospital.

The KOZK tower is owned by MSU.

Mostyn said service has been restored to some cable customers, such as people who have U-Verse or Direct TV.

She said there aren’t any other ways to watch your favorite programs if your service went down with the tower.

The Joplin area was not affected.

At this time crews are working to restore some satellite providers and over the air service, which is for people who just have antennas. 

They don’t know how long it’ll take to restore service.

The Dish Network here in Springfield said none of their customers were affected by the collapse.

Webster County Sheriff Roye Cole said the cause of the fall will be facing a long investigation ahead.

“Dealing with multiple jurisdictions, from federal to state to private. Everybody’s involved for a slightly different piece of the same puzzle,” said Cole.

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